First and foremost, you can not use concrete / portland cement in any masonry work on a house built before 1850, and maybe even until 1900. It's worth asking a local mason to see what sort of bricks you have in your home. If they are new bricks and fired to be very hard, cement … Continue reading Repointing a Stone Wall with Lime Mortar
The neighborhood of Queen Village in Philadelphia, PA, is fast becoming the most-desirable place to live in Philadelphia. Recently, Philadelphia Magazine praised the positive growth and development of the greater Center City area and for local residents, myself included, the neighborhood just gets better every year. Learn more about Queen Village. Most residential properties in … Continue reading It Can Be Yours! 130 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA
Decorating for the winter holidays seems to transcend all religions and cultures. Since the color of nature has pretty much abandoned the city at this point, it only seems fitting that the row houses take over, at least for a short while, before the gray of winter sets in. We absolutely love how some owners have … Continue reading The Festive Row House – Holiday 2014 Edition
It is not always easy to find out how old your row house is, especially if it was built before 1900, and even more so if it was a dwelling for the working-class. However, it helps to have someone put the date the row was built right on the side of the house. I intended … Continue reading Hidden Row Homes – Bell’s Court, Society Hill, Philadelphia
I've lived in Philadelphia for over seven years, spending time literally running down each block in Center City, and I'm still discovering new row houses! This is a lovely Tutor Revival row house, which means it looks like something you'd find in a village in England somewhere. And, indeed, this rather unique example, does look … Continue reading A Unique Tudor Revival Row House
At first glance, row houses may seem rather uniform. However, there are often small details that separate homes if you take a closer look. In an older row house neighborhood like Queen Village, Philadelphia, or the West Village, New York City, the homes are often quite a bit different than their adjacent neighbor. These small … Continue reading It’s in the Details (series)
There are so many wonderful details in the entrance of this house. A mix of Queen Anne and Tudor, the roof is quite lovely. I imagine at one point the door would have been equally ornate.
Here are two rather charming row homes in Philadelphia.
Here is a lovely row house in the Rittenhouse Square section of Philadelphia that is showing a little German American pride. During World Cup season everyone is American something but we're a little partial to Germany ourselves. This is a Colonial revival featuring a gambrel roof and prominent lintels. The French doors are a very … Continue reading In Honor of the 2014 World Cup
I'm cleaning out some older photos from Facebook and discovered this lovely, modernized row home in the Bella Vista neighborhood in Philadelphia. Those French windows are amazing! Nice curved window arches; great attention to detail!