Dutch Colonial Revival Architecture
in Historic Chatham, Virginia

By Henry Mitchell.

During the early 1900's, American Colonial forms became quite popular for home construction. One example, known as Dutch Colonial, imitated the gambrel roofs used by early Dutch, English, and other settlers. Only three examples of Dutch Colonial Revival architecture are found in Chatham, and all three are shown on this page.

(See also architectural pattern books from the period, containing Dutch Colonial Revival examples.)

751 South Main

751 South Main was a Sears, Roebuck, and Co. kit house, built for Joseph Whitehead, Jr. It appears to be quite similar to “The Amsterdam,” illustrated on p. 56 of the Sears, Roebuck 1926 House Catalog.

158 South Main

158 South Main, built around 1920 for banker James Collie, is both the oldest and the most elaborate Dutch Colonial Revival building in Chatham.

46 Whittle

46 Whittle Street was built in the 1920's atop the Italianate brick foundation of the late-1800's Hargrave tobacco factory.


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