Colonial Revival: The Cape Cod

Colonial Revival Style Architecture: Cape Cod

In keeping with the interest in America’s past, the little Cape Cod style packed a huge wallop during the early part of the 20th century. Borrowing from the tiny New England homes of the 17th century, this cottage style has consistently appealed to generations of Americans for it's simplicity and charm.


The cozy-looking Cape Cod is beloved by many Americans. Like other Colonial Revival styles, it has a rectangular footprint, but a steeper gabled roof. Plainer in ornamentation that than many other Colonial styles, the Cape Cod was ideally suited to young couples starting out and summer homes. They found favor across the country for their affordability, especially during the Depression years from 1930 to 1940. With this traditional form, it was possible to build a “half” Cod and add to it as funds became available.

The main floor serves as the living area with living room, dining room and kitchen. A single bedroom is often found on the main floor with additional bedrooms are on the second.

General characteristics

Colonial Revival Cape Cod houses had many of these features:

Related topics

Cape Cod Style Houseplans

Recommended Reading

The Cape Cod Cottage by William Morgan

Capes: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling and Building New by Jane Gitlin

Martha's Vineyard Plan Book: Designs for Houses, Porches, Additions, Guesthouses, Sheds, Garages, Barns, Outdoor Showers, and Garden Structures by James S. Weisman