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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It Can Be Yours! 130 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA

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

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.  

Row House Architectural Guide: Dutch Colonial Revival

Back to the architectural guide. Type of Row House Architecture: Dutch Colonial Revival Years Popular: 1880-1940 Typical Characteristics: Pointed, stepped facade Gabled roof Brick or stone masonry construction, often mixed Windows with small panes, some being grouped together Predominantly located in New England and Mid-Atlantic cities like New York, Boston, and Philadelphia Examples of Dutch … Continue reading Row House Architectural Guide: Dutch Colonial Revival

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