Colonial Architecture

These houses are characterized by large center chimneys, centered front doors and small double hung, multi-light (many panes) windows. A double hung window is the type that opens in tracks which allow the top and the bottom of the window to pass each other. Colonial houses are generally very simple with little or no decoration. They have steeply pitched, gable roofs with doors on the
front and not the gable end. The gable is the triangle formed at the end of the house by the edges of the roof and the walls. The exterior is commonly clapboards or shingles although onemight see the occasional brick house in this design. They are most often symmetrical and are the earliest style in the Bath area. Originally, houses referred to as capes were built in the colonial style.  The right hand section of the house in the picture shows an example of a colonial cape.