Dutch House

20 Netherlands Road

This unique building was constructed by the Dutch Van Houten Cocoa Company for the 1893 Chicago's World’s Fair. Van Houten was an early innovator in cacao refinement and commercial chocolate. By the late 19th century, Van Houten’s cocoa business had expanded to the United States, and their Dutch House exhibition hall advertised their wares at the World's Fair. One Brookline visitor, Captain Charles Brooks Appleton, was evidently so enamored with the Dutch House that he bought it from the Van Houten company and had it entirely dismantled, shipped, and then re-built in Brookline at its present location. Netherlands Road was subsequently named for the house.

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