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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There’s a Name for Everything: Our Eclectic Colonial Row House

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

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