One of my favorite things about Philadelphia is the small, hidden rows inside of blocks. Most of the time, these aren't visible from the streets and require navigating through passageways between other houses. Every now and then, I get invited to someone's house or interlope during an open house and get the opportunity to view … Continue reading Hidden Row House Rows in Philadelphia – Queen Village
In Philadelphia, there are plenty of things that could do with improving; crime, violence, public schools, public transportation, etc. However, it could be these things that keep Philadelphia from becoming too crowded. And, when your city isn't over-developed, you get little streets with little blocks of little row homes such as this lovely example from … Continue reading Row House of the Week: A Small Street in Philadelphia
There are people who love IKEA, people who hate it, and people who tolerate it because it serves a purpose. I happen to be in the first group because IKEA appeals to my northern Germanic sensibility about order and it stays right about where I need furniture to fit into my budget. Because you have … Continue reading Why We Like IKEA
Brick row homes in Philadelphia, PA.
During a recent trip to New York, we discovered this lovely row house studio (249 1/2) on East 13th Street. I can't imagine a better place to work! Because of its small size, I imagine if it had been a regular home, it probably wouldn't have survived. But, thanks to its famous owners, it's here … Continue reading The Studio of Karl Bitter and Giuseppe Moretti
Columbia Place is a regular stop on architecturally-oriented walking tours of Brooklyn Heights. It's a quiet street, protected from the noise of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway by Alfred T. White's (see White's awesome row houses) apartment building. These four, wood-frame row houses, built in the 1830s, represent a row of cottages that originally included nine. … Continue reading Row House of the Week: Columbia Place, Brooklyn Heights
We recently came across this wonderful article that talks about Trinity row houses and the benefits of the small streets of Philadelphia. In "My Own Piece of Dirt" by Juliet O. Whelan, she says: "Some of America's first urban workers lived in a unique type of Philadelphia home called a Trinity. Examples date from 1720. Trinities … Continue reading Philadelphia Trinity Row House
Originally posted winter 2007. These utterly unique, three-story, row houses in Brooklyn represent the ideal of Alfred T. White's vision about working class housing. Built in the late 19th century to house the managers of nearby dock companies and their families, they accompany the near-by Tower Buildings which were built for the dock workers. White's focus … Continue reading The Workman’s Cottages in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, New York
Small and/or oddly-shaped rooms are something quite a few row house dwellers have to deal with. Sometimes the room is long and narrow, or there are stairs against the only wall big enough for a sofa. And if you do think your wall is large enough for a sofa, you find that when you get … Continue reading Furniture for Small Rooms – Living Room Sofa
This is a little late but we loved this festive row house's decorations which were very understated and appropriate for the age of the house. Beautiful!