The Dutch House

Brookline, Massachusetts
Nestled in the heart of Brookline, Massachusetts, the Dutch House stands as a remarkable testament to both history and architectural artistry.
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Nestled in the heart of Brookline, Massachusetts, the Dutch House stands as a remarkable testament to both history and architectural artistry. This four-story brick building is no ordinary house; it has a storied past, tracing its origins back to the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, where it played a unique role as the Dutch Cocoa House.

Originally, the Dutch House was constructed to serve as an exhibition hall, showcasing the Dutch Cocoa Company’s products at the World’s Fair. This building is a close replica of the Franeker City Hall in Franeker, Netherlands, and its design pays homage to Dutch architecture. The ornate door frame, adorned with stone animals, is a meticulous replica of the Enkhuizen Orphanage. The interior of the Dutch House is equally captivating, featuring massive ceiling beams and Flemish wooden panels. The original dining room was a treasure trove of classic blue and white Delftware tiles, some of which dated back over 300 years. The exterior boasts a striking high mansard roof that gracefully extends over two floors, crowned with stepped gables. Its windows are adorned with more than 12,000 individual lights of leaded green glass, adding to its allure.

Following the World’s Fair, the Dutch House embarked on its own remarkable journey. It found a new home in Brookline, thanks to Charles Brooks Appleton, a local resident who had marveled at the building during his visit to the fair. Piece by piece, brick by brick, the Dutch House was dismantled and lovingly reconstructed at its present location. While some of its original brickwork was concealed with cement to mimic stonework, the essence and charm of Dutch Renaissance styling were preserved.

In recognition of its historical significance and architectural beauty, the Dutch House was honored with a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. This prestigious designation acknowledges its role in preserving the heritage of Dutch architectural heritage on American soil. Its reference number, 86000093, serves as a testament to its historical importance.

The Dutch House’s influence extends beyond its architectural grandeur. The very road it resides on, Netherlands Road, pays homage to this historic structure, a name that echoes its Dutch heritage.

Throughout its existence, the Dutch House has changed hands multiple times. The last recorded sale was on December 28, 2011, when it exchanged ownership for $1,400,000. Today, this unique and meticulously crafted house continues to captivate admirers. For those seeking to appreciate its splendor, convenient parking can be found on Netherlands Road, offering 2-hour free parking for visitors eager to explore this Dutch gem in Brookline, Massachusetts.


Address: 20 Netherlands Road, Brookline, Massachusetts
Place GPS Coordinates: 42.336068, -71.112338
Parking GPS Coordinates: 42.336068, -71.112338
Parking Notes: There is no official parking area for the building considering it is a private residence. You are able to park on Netherlands Rd for free, for 2 hours without a permit.

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