A Cape Cod cottage is a style of house originating in New England in the 17th century, traditionally characterized by a low, broad frame building, generally a story and a half high, with a steep, pitched roof with end gables, a large central chimney and very little ornamentation. They were very simple: symmetrically designed with a central front door surrounded by two multi-paned windows on each side. Homes were designed to withstand the stormy, stark weather of MA coast.
WHIPPLE HOUSE, Ipswich MA, before restoration. Hewn end overhang type. The overhang is here entirely at the end of the house, and in both the second story and attic. The chimney is a good example of this period, with projection at back, indicating early additions to it when the "lean-to" was added. Fiske Kimball, Domestic Architecture of the American Colonies and the Early Republic, 1922.
The Fairbanks House is thought to be the oldest standing timber frame building in North America. Built circa 1637-1641 for Jonathan and Grace Fairebanke and their six children, it was home to eight generations of the Fairbanks family. Come and see!