Media: Soft pastel
The original Cape Cod cottages were never painted in these bright colors, but this is art and not architectural history. A Cape is a style of house originating in New England in the 17th century. It is traditionally characterized by a low, broad frame building, generally a story and a half high, with a steep, perfectly 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. They were designed to withstand the stormy, stark weather of the Massachusetts coast.