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
My post about Creating an Eclectic yet Established Style turned out to be long enough for two posts. So, while that post gets the ball rolling, this post will share how we've applied the 40/50/10 ratio to our own row house. Our exploration of what the style Eclectic Colonial should be, was prompted by a … Continue reading There’s a Name for Everything: Our Eclectic Colonial Row House
I'm constantly taking photos of row houses, many of which do not make it into proper articles. Below are row houses in the Federal/Georgian style. Many are period homes from before 1825. For more information about the Federal/Georgian architectural style, read our Guide to Federal Row House Architecture and Georgian Architecture posts.
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
We love how our historic neighborhood looks during the fall, especially how people decorate for Halloween. We typically spend the evening walking about. Below were some of our favorite haunts of the evening. This row house had a costume. I wish I had a better camera for these night shots but this homeowner turned their … Continue reading Halloween Is for Row Houses Too!
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 was out and about today and came across these two row houses. Wood siding is fairly unusual but it's not impossible to find the rare, well-preserved example. With the bright hibiscus in front, they are both very charming. Also, an amusing bit of faux as the dentil cornice on the white home is painted. … Continue reading Wooden-Sided Row Houses in Philadelphia
In a city such as Philadelphia, where row house development is so prevalent and inter-connected with the overall history of urban development, it's not unusual to see row houses evolve beyond domestic uses. Typically these include boutiques, salons, gift shops, and restaurants, to name a few. However, larger institutions in town also make use of … Continue reading Peirce College: When Something Other Than a Family Lives in a Row House
Semi-Attached Home, circa. 1830s Inside: four bedrooms, four full baths, one half bath, brick exterior, gas heat, central a/c, three fireplaces, elevator, eight car parking, finished basement w/ laundry, roof deck This was formerly a "it can be yours" article on the website. The Joseph Sims House is one of the original row homes built … Continue reading The Joseph Sims House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Continuing our recent exploration of the Northern Liberties neighborhood in Philadelphia, we discovered a very unusual row. Typically, row houses face the sidewalk at the same depth and present a uniform facade, more or less. This row, however, is staggered and slanted. It's an interesting arrangement that most likely reflects angled plots, otherwise it doesn't … Continue reading An Unusual Row House Row