The Dutch Colonial has always been a favorite of mine. I’m not sure I can easily define why I love this house, but one of the reasons is the little extras – cut-out shutters, gambrel roof, plenty of windows, and best of all, those cute little benches by the front door.

And until last week, I didn’t realize those cute little bench have a name.

My buddy Bill Inge loaned me “Builders’ Woodwork” (1927, Smith & Wyman) and it was within its pages that I found the “Hospitality Seats.”

Enjoy the many photos below!

To read about breakfast nooks (first cousin to the Hospitality Seats), click here.

Many thanks to Bill Inge for sharing his books with me!

*   *   *

It was inside

It was within the pages of this 1927 book that I found "Hospitality Seats."

*

And how

On page 311 of "Builders' Woodwork," there were two versions of the "Hospitality Seats" offered! The good news is, they will "harmonize with almost any type of architecture." They were offered with many different cut-outs, too.

*

house house house house

Close-up of the hospitality benches with a tree cut-out on its base.

*

house house to

These are nice too, but does that "S" mean it's a Sears House? (Just kidding.)

*

Sears House house

The Sears Puritan came with two "Hospitality Seats" on the front porch (1928 catalog).

*

house house house

They are pretty darn cute!

*

more more more

Apparently, the Glen Falls (Sears Home) offers 50% less hospitality than the Puritan. The one bench looks a little lonely out there (1928 Sears Modern Homes catalog).

*

Martha 1921

Apparently, there's even less hospitality with the Sears "Martha Washington." You wouldn't even make it to the front porch if you were visiting folks in this house (1921 Sears Modern Homes catalog).

*

bench

At least it's under a tree.

*

house house Carstine

The Homebuilders' catalog features many houses with Hospitality Seats. Shown here is "The Carstine" (1927 Homebuilders' Catalog).

*

callao house

The "Callao" (1927 Homebuilders) has a pergola *and* two benches!

*

Colinton

Apparently if you have a non-traditional Dutch Colonial you get only one bench (The Colinton, 1927).

*

FUnky Cleo

But if your Dutch Colonial is really ugly, you get the ugly benches to match (The Cleo).

*

house house

This was the lone non-Dutch Colonial house I found with hospitality seats. These front porch benches do seem to be the province of the Dutch Colonial! (1927 Homebuilders' Catalog.)

*

To learn more about how to identify Sears Homes, click here.

*   *   *