Hallmarks of the Cape Cod Cottage • Steep roof: side-gabled, single pitch • Center chimney; ubiquitous in early examples • Shingle-sided, and sometimes clapboarded on the front façade with shingles elsewhere • Unornamented except for the entry door, which might have a simple transom, fanlight, pilasters, or sidelights. Later examples had austere Greek Revival trim, as on lintels. • Windows often go to the roofline in early examples, attesting to the low ceiling height
Full Cape (or Double Cape) Apparently the quintessential Cape Cod house, full Capes were actually rare in the 18th century. Those that existed belonged to the most accomplished settlers. They have a steep pitched roof and a symmetrical five-bay façade with a generous entrance door centered on the massive chimney.