|charming Dutch duo 1924|
Together we shared our Dutch heritage (mine a faint recollection of a 1651 arrival and a farm at 52nd Street and the Hudson, New Amsterdam,) others remembering more clearly family emigrating shortly after the war, or in the early 1950's. I recall my dad's admiration of our neighbourhood's newly arrived Pleizier family, who readily took their place among the hard-working farmers along our road.
|one of a pair of 1924 Dutch Colonial houses in Belleville|
We admired Peter's collection of Delft Blue plates and watched the stunning CBC documentary The Liberation of Holland.
To honour all Dutch connections everywhere, I offer this selection of Dutch Colonial Revival houses. I love their modest compact forms, the gambrel roofs, the restrained decorative elements, the warm and welcoming verandahs.
|I recently made the acquaintance of this welcoming home|
|wonderful shaped dormers, shingle-clad gable ends|
Although it's unrealistic to expect extant versions from New Amsterdam in the seventeenth century, this one gets close.
The top two Belleville houses are oriented with their gable ends to the street; the white house turns the gable end with its neat shingles and their patterned detail, and a lunette, towards the neighbours. There are several other Dutch Colonial Revival examples in town; I'll add them later.