The Leendert Bronk
Dutch Cross Bond
Dutch brick houses have a distinctive brick bond
pattern. They lay bricks up in
courses of headers and stretchers, alternating the two and staggering
the joints to create a diagonal joint pattern called Dutch cross
bond. It is the most distinctive of bond patterns compared to
the Flemish, English and America bonds.
While in the 17th century bricks were imported from the Netherlands,
no houses surviving are made of these buff colored bricks. All
others were made of local clay which fired a red color, though
some burned too much became black. Wasting nothing, the Dutch
turned this to a decorative motif.
Greene County Historical Society, Coxsackie, N.Y.