Cape Cod style homes originated in the in the New England area in the late 17th
century. These homes were modeled after the half-timbered houses of England, but
adapted to the style to the stormy New England weather. Typical Cape Cod houses
are 1 or 1½ stories, have symmetrical appearance with door in the center, little
exterior ornamentation, have steep roof with side gables and small roof overhanging.
Dormers are also a typical feature of this architectural style, as well as a large
central chimney linked to fireplace in each room and multi-paned, double-hung windows
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, a renewed interest in America's
past inspired a variety of Colonial Revival styles, especially popular during the
1930s. These small, economical houses were mass-produced in suburban developments
across the United States. Twentieth century Cape Cod houses often have dormers.
The chimney is usually placed at one end instead of at the center. The shutters
on modern Cape Cod houses are strictly decorative; they can't be closed during a