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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Elements of the Greek Revival Style Row House.

Period 1835 to 1855.
Protruding doorway enframement of stone or wood.
Greek pillars surrounding the door or entranceway or both.
Smoothness of the facade and a repeat of the design in adjoining row houses.
Minimization of brick mortar joints.
2 1/2 to 3 1/2 stories over a basement level.
The half story had smaller attic windows just under the cornice.
Windows were double hung 6 over 6, parlor floor had 6 over 9 and the half story had single pane.
10 foot ceilings on the parlor floor.
A flat or pitched roof.
Cornice usually had a tooth like pattern.

Downtown Jersey City, Paulus Hook Historic District

Three Greek Revival style entryways.

These three Greek Revival style entryways are on Joralemon Street and are adjacent to one another. They have noticeably different color front doors. The house numbers are 63, 65 and 67 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn Heights, New York, NY.

Elements of the Federal Style Row House.

Period 1800 to 1835.
Modest in scale.
Architecturally simple.
Brick laid in Flemish bond.
Usually three floors, the third with a pitched roofline and dormer windows.
A brick or stone basement level foundation with windows.
The front areaway wrought iron gate was simple.
The doors had six or eight panels and usually had a top light and side lights.
Windows double hung six over six.
Parlor floors separated by rectangular double doors.
Wood burning fireplaces.

Left: A Federal style row house is on Charlton Street in Manhattan, New York City.
Middle: A classic Federal style row house circa 1817, except for a “not so minor” alteration of the third floor during the mid 1800’s.
Right: A Federal style row house on Gay Street in Manhattan, New York City.

Three Federal Style Entryways.

Flemish Bond

Flemish bond, the typical brick pattern for the Federal style row house.


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