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Cape Cod Cape Half Houses

For purely economic reasons, a newly married couple usually built a half a house, with two front windows, a door to one side of the windows, and a chimney behind the door.

Later, they built on to the house on the other side of the door, adding one window. This was called a three-quarter house.

Eventually, an extra window might be added, completing the transformation to a full Cape Cod house. If after adding on to the original “half house”, they ended up with five windows across the front, it would be considered a 5/4 Cape house.

See also picture of a Cape half house and pictures of Cape Cod style houses.

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 06/03/06
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