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Old 03-23-2009, 05:37 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Does anyone have a name or even a photo of one of those neat American cities or towns we are talking about here? Just so that I know what you think might be German influence...
This is one of the small towns in Michigan where I've noticed this. The pictures are too small to really garner anything though.

Westphalia, Michigan

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Old 03-23-2009, 05:39 PM
 
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Does anyone have a name or even a photo of one of those neat American cities or towns we are talking about here? Just so that I know what you think might be German influence...
Here's a picture of the predominantly German town of St. Johns, MI.

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Old 03-23-2009, 05:57 PM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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This is one of the small towns in Michigan where I've noticed this. The pictures are too small to really garner anything though.

Westphalia, Michigan
Hm, hard to say. These are houses typical of Westphalia, the German region where a lot of immigrants came from:






http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/de/thumb/2/24/Pilgrimhaus_Mai_2008_1.jpg/800px-Pilgrimhaus_Mai_2008_1.jpg (broken link)
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:02 PM
 
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Here's a picture of the predominantly German town of St. Johns, MI.
Looks neat What is that big building at the end of the road, the railway station?
What often gives away American cities - even if they look European at first glance - are the flat roofs. They are rather seldom in Europe. The steeper the better seemed to be the motto

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Old 03-23-2009, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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Beautiful German buildings there!

I think that a lot of American towns were inspired by this style, but it looks very different for two main reasons. First, because these places were newer, less populous, and less established than the German towns they were based off of, the buildings tended to be smaller, i.e. 2 to 3 stories max as compared to some of the 6 or 7 story wooden buildings I see here. Secondly, both the kinds of timber and soil found in America were different than Germany, so changes would have to be made on that basis. Still, I can see where the insparation comes from.

Also, I should add a third point that has to do with the steepness of roofs: the weather! Since we get less parcipitation in most parts of America than northern Germany, our roofs tend to be less steep. However, I think the roofs in New England are still fairly steep.
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:18 PM
 
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Yes, could very well be, maybe they were steep so that the snow did not really settle on the roofs, wet snow is very heavy, 2 or 3 feet of snow might have been too much for those old houses.
On the other hand, they had that style in Britain, too, where snow has always been very rare. Or maybe that style was simply imported when Hannover ruled in England...
Here is a pic of the English town of Chester:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/95/The_Cross.JPG/800px-The_Cross.JPG (broken link)

Gorgeous, despite the rain
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:33 PM
 
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Funny city hall in the city of Michelstadt

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Old 03-23-2009, 06:47 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Hm, hard to say. These are houses typical of Westphalia, the German region where a lot of immigrants came from:
Great pics of Germany! I love the architecture. I think there are some stylistic features in Westphalia, MI that could be traced back to those pictures, but not much, to be honest. I've seen the white exterior with criss-cross brown boards (what is that style called?) around there, but that's about it.

The large building at the end of the street in St. Johns is the county courthouse.
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:48 PM
 
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But frankly, I don't think German leadership is any better by nature. There are a lot of German cities which have ventured into cross-border leasing of their utilities, public transportation, and other vital companies and are now on the verge of filing for bankruptcy That was simply irresponsible on the part of city administrators.
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:56 PM
 
Location: IN
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. I've seen the white exterior with criss-cross brown boards (what is that style called?) around there, but that's about it.
I thought it was Dutch Colonial striping. I have seen it commonly used in the Rhinelander/Minocqua area of Wisconsin which has a heavy concentration of people with Germanic heritage.
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