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.  

Perfectly Combining Sophistication and Historic Sensibility in Jersey City

I am pleased to introduce Richard Haymes and Michael DeJong. They own a beautiful Georgian / Greek Revival row home in Jersey City, New Jersey that they have lovingly restored. Their home is a wonderful juxtaposition of comfort and elegance with a great respect for the history of their home. Where is your neighborhood? Richard: … Continue reading Perfectly Combining Sophistication and Historic Sensibility in Jersey City

A Very Interesting Row House: The Dennis Severs’ House

I had quite the row house odyssey last night. I was collecting pins for the RowHouse Magazine Pinterest board (http://www.pinterest.com/bklynwebgrrl/rowhouse-magazine/) and came across this pin (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/29062360069384852/) about the Dennis Severs's row, or terraced, house in the Spitalfields neighborhood of London, UK. If you haven't visited my Pinterest board, please do. I often clip interesting row houses … Continue reading A Very Interesting Row House: The Dennis Severs’ House

Georgian row house, Philadelphia, PA

Row House Architectural Guide: Georgian

Back to the guide. Type of Row House Architecture: Georgian / Colonial Years Popular: 1700-1800 Typical Characteristics: Symmetry, centered façade entry with windows aligned horizontally and vertically Two- to three-story, two rooms deep with central staircase, often spiral or double-back Paneled front doors, capped with a decorative crown (entablature) often supported by decorative pilasters Rectangular transom … Continue reading Row House Architectural Guide: Georgian

On the Market: 111 Elfreth’s Alley, Olde City, Philadelphia, PA

Attached Home, circa. 1750 Inside: three bedrooms, one full bath, brick exterior w/ stone foundation, basement laundry & mechanicals It is a rare opportunity to be able to live in a historic house. It's even rarer that you can do this in a city and reap all the benefits of urban living. And, as if … Continue reading On the Market: 111 Elfreth’s Alley, Olde City, Philadelphia, PA