The most outstanding feature of a Dutch Colonial home is its gambrel roof. Also known as Dutch Colonial Revival, the second most common feature (but not always present) is a covered entry with a rounded ceiling. Many Dutch Colonials include a third lowest roof section; visible in this illustration. It is also common to see shutters and one or more shed dormers with a roof pitch matching that of the highest roof section. This architectural style gained popularity in America at the end of the 19th century. The style has continued to be a choice of home builders and buyers ever since.

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