Spy House of the Week: Historic District Dutch Colonial


The streets in the heart of Easton’s Historic District have a rich variety of architectural styles including Bungalow, Georgian, Queen Anne, Victorian, Revival and this charming Dutch Colonial with the distinctive gambrel roof that defines this style. The gambrel roof gable faces the street and the decorative attic triple window, the light yellow lap siding, white windows with blue trim, blue shutters and the red accent of the front door give this house great cub appeal.  Another appealing design feature is the recessed porch that spans across the front of the house. The railing and the supports at the corners of the porch are clad in the lap siding which gives the porch privacy. The pair of white double columns on either side of the stairs to the offset front door break up the long span with the white beam above. The red slat porch swing is the perfect spot for relaxing.

I loved the spacious entrance hall with its beautiful hardwood floors, one turreted corner, paneled wainscot that wraps around the bottom steps of the “U” shaped stairs, patterned wallpaper above the wainscot and the pair of French doors that lead to the living room. The Gothic overlapping arches in the upper part of the half-French entry door are a graceful touch. My other favorite room is directly behind the entrance hall and is furnished as a mini library with deep red walls, prints and an antique bookcase. A short flight of steps uniquely connects to the entrance hall stairway landing.  Two windows and light from the stairwell landing window filter light to this cozy interior.

The spacious living and dining areas are connected and painted a deep green color to complement the multi-colored Oriental rug that anchors the seating area under the wide window. The fireplace on the end wall and the wide bay window on axis with the Queen Anne table and chairs opposite the fireplace create a very pleasant space to linger over dinner. The kitchen and the family room at the rear of the house open to an elevated deck through wide sliding doors overlooking the yard below that ends at a fence on either side of the one car garage off the alley.

The charming master bedroom with the sleigh bed under high windows around the corner of the room is a cozy retreat.  The fourth bedroom connects to the master bedroom and is used as a sitting room to create a master suite. There is also a basement with access to the rear yard and an attic for endless possibilities.  A captivating house with period details, moldings, interior French doors for vistas through rooms and an urban lot close to the Historic District’s shops and restaurants-simply irresistible!

For more information about this property, contact Barb Watkins with Benson and Mangold at 410-822-1415 (o), 410-310-2021 (c), or barb.c.watkins@gmail.com,  “Equal Housing Opportunity.” Photography by Janelle Stroup of Through the Lens

Spy House of the Week is an ongoing series that selects a different home each week. The Spy’s Habitat editor Jennifer Martella makes these selections based exclusively on her experience as a architect.

Jennifer Martella has pursued her dual careers in architecture and real estate since she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004. Her award winning work has ranged from revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio for the Children’s Defense Fund’s corporate retreat in her home state of Tennessee.


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