Repointing a Stone Wall with Lime Mortar

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

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Row House Sampler – Federal Row Houses

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.  

Peirce College: When Something Other Than a Family Lives in a Row House

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

The Joseph Sims House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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