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The Dutch Renaissance/Mannerist style (with typically Dutch gables and red Dutch brick façades) blossomed more fully in Nordic countries and Hanseatic cities than in its homeland.
The style was prominent in the early days (17th century) of the Cape Colony, and the name derives from the fact that the initial settlers of the Cape were primarily Dutch.
Dutch Renaissance gabled façade of the House of Blackheads (Riga's Old Town).
The original building was erected during the first third of the 14th century for the Brotherhood of Blackheads, a guild for unmarried German merchants in Riga.
The style spread beyond Europe, for example Barbados is well known for Dutch gables on its historic buildings.
Dutch settlers in South Africa brought with them building styles from the Netherlands: Dutch gables, then adjusted to the Western Cape region where the style became known as Cape Dutch architecture.
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