The Leendert Bronk House
Knocker Latch

The knocker latch appealed to the Dutch sense of economy and purpose. You  can announce and enter in the same motion. What is useful can be also decorative: backplates are diamonds or hearts. Martin Van Bergen placed on his 1729 house at Leeds a backplate with his initials and a rebus meaning "A true heart is worth a crown of gold."
Leendert Bronk was especially conscious of the quality of his new brick house such that he kept it separate from his old house by a covered passageway containing this doorway rather than building onto the old stone house. The same motivation inspired Coeymans to separate her big house from the old by a large passageway.

   
   

 
   

  The Leendert Bronk House 1738
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.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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