The early structures built by settlers in and around Boston generally echoed the architecture of their native England, modified to accommodate the New England climate. Buildings typically featured simple post and beam construction decorated with some distinctive details. Gables and overhanging first floors featured carved brackets or pendant ornaments, casement windows included diamond panes, and doors presented decorative patterns of nails.
Only a handful of residential structures are still standing, and some have been expanded to make their original shapes difficult to discern. Very few public buildings from this period survive, though a number of streets, squares, and cemeteries still provide a glimpse of this period.
Image: Paul Revere House, ©Yonward