.... Originally the type rose only a story-and-a-half, and the stories were low, too. There were four rooms on the ground floor, two on each side of a fairly narrow hall, and two big chambers upstairs. Extensions may have been added later to the ends and rear so as to provide a great kitchen, a dining room, a musty forbidding parlor, a store-room and one or two bedrooms downstairs and, if the householder were prosperous, four bedrooms above for his numerous children.
Its exterior need not necessarily be of brick or white siding. The Dutchmen about Sleepy Hollow built with whatever materials came to hand-stone, stucco, brick, big hand-split shingles called shakes, or boards. Some of the mellowest of the old examples of the style are of yellowish-brown or purple-red fieldstone. The stucco used there was greyish in color and rough in texture from being applied much as a modern plasterer works his material with a wood or a cork float. Frequently two or more materials were combined in the same house; it is not rare to find in the old Knickerbocker settlements a home with a stucco front, the back shingled, the ends of stone, one addition covered with clap-boards and another built of brick. So the modern copyist of this style may have all the variety he wishes and still be accurate.