Today Kim showed me actual Dutch architecture. This will help me better identify Dutch Colonial structures back in New Jersey and New York.
|Note the ornate black muurijzer (wall iron).|
|A muurijzer anchors a support beam for an upper floor and runs from the front facade to the back facade.|
|The thin verticle black muurijzer above the center window is more typical of the understated Dutch style.|
|Buildings are made of brick. Both the length and the width are seen because bricks are laid perpendicular to one another to form a thick, sound outer foundation to the structure.|
|The heavy layers of bricks cause excess moisture build-up. Look for a small metal tube protruding slightly to ventilate.|
|Stadsherstel (city restoration)|
This sign on a building indicates that the building is historical and the exterior may not be altered.
|The wide doors probably indicate that this structure was a barn. Existing shutters cannot be removed.|
|Window shutters on a historical building.|
|This historical building is now a clothing store.|
|The hook on the wall must remain, even though nobody needs to hitch a horse anymore.|
|Note the support beam that runs from front to back.|
|Bikes are the preferred method of transportation.|
Compare this row of parked bikes to the traffic congestion in Nieuw Amsterdam (Manhattan).
|Dutch house under construction.|
This structure is unusual because it is free-standing/not attached to another structure.
Modern-day business in old barn.
|Note that the muurijzer on the left is missing and replaced by a sort of plug.|
|Old hook to hold open the large door.|
|Newer hook to hold open the door.|
More to follow . . .