Housing in Holland

Parth Agrawal & Johann Gonzalez

Brief Overview of Dutch Architecture

The Dutch Golden Age spanned from throughout the 17th century. Many new buildings and Towns were created during this period. With these new towns, new houses needed to be built, generally having little ground area because house properties were taxed based on the width of the front.

Origin and Diffusion

The townhouses started in England due to lack of space and the Dutch architects adopted the style through relocation diffusion in the 17 and 18 centuries. Then the idea spread to New York first through relocation diffusion and became popular because of hierarchical diffusion.


The townhouses originated in England but they were a very plaid concept that was meant for peasants. When the Dutch adopted the style, they changed it to represent their style of color. They were then used by the royalty rather than the peasants. When major dances or parties took place the Kings and Queens would take residence in townhouses and later have the servants and maids live there to maintain the place. An example of this would be the Duke of Norfolk.

Folk culture items

Windmills- they are used to pump water back into rivers and streams because of the flooding that occurs frequently. Also the water is sometimes used as an irrigation system.


Canals- Most folk houses are built along canals such as the one in Amsterdam.


Tulip Fields- The Netherlands is known for growing tulips. Most of the time you will find that there are houses near tulip fields or they are in front of homes.