Colonial building style is associated with the colonial period of the United States,
between about 1600 through 1850. These buildings typically included medieval details
such as steep roofs, dormers, minimal ornamentation and a massive central chimney.
Small windows (usually due to a scarcity of glass in the colonies) were common,
but in todays Colonial Revival style this is not necessarily the case. The doorway
is usually the focal point, with a portico (a porch supported by columns) and fan-shaped
windows beside the entry. Symmetrical windows with shutters make this style easy
to recognize even for an untrained eye.