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Old 06-25-2014, 03:32 PM
Location: New England
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Originally Posted by eschaton View Post

Regardless, even if rowhouses proper are only a minority of the neighborhood, those which exist were certainly not built for the gentry.
Definitely agree with this, your original point. Back Bay and Beacon Hill were built for the wealthy, other areas were not. I just figured you meant the South End and not Southie because it's more row-house dominated.

I loved seeing your examples though, so while we are on the subject of row houses in Boston neighborhoods not necessarily known for row houses:

Fort Hill in Roxbury:

Mission Hill:

East Cambridge:
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Old 04-03-2015, 01:49 AM
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""The "rowhouse belt" in the U.S. basically runs from the Albany region down to northern Virginia (Old Town Alexandria).""

""Richmond also has one or two surviving rowhouse neighborhoods.""

Hmm.. based on this post I am quite sure you have never been to Virginia. Richmond does not have "one or two" rowhouse neighborhoods, in fact pretty much the entire urban core of that city is made of of row homes. Just to put your "one or two" theory to rest, here is a list of neighborhoods made up predominantly of row houses: Carytown, The Fan, Oregon Hill, Jackson Ward, Monroe Ward, Shockoe Bottom, The Shockoe Slip, Carver, Church Hill, Fairmount, Much of Old Manchester, Union Hill, I can continue but I have made my point. As someone who is from Alexandria and has lived in Richmond for years I can say unequivocally that by sheer numbers and per capita Richmond has many more rowhouses than Oldtown Alexandria (one neighborhood).

Furthermore, Fredericksburg, Petersburg, and Norfolk all have rowhouses in their historic centers.
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:26 AM
Location: The City
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Doesn't Richmond have a lot of rowhouse stock as well
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Old 04-03-2015, 06:56 AM
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Coming from someone who lived in a rowhouse in Richmond for two years, I can confidently say Richmond should be considered a "rowhouse city." Obviously not in the ranks of Baltimore or Philadelphia, but more than the average city.

Most notable examples include The Fan:

Oregon Hill:

Jackson Ward:


Church Hill:

Norfolk was once filled with rowhouses, but only small traces are left:




It's been said a million times in this thread, but one of my favorite things about East Coast cities are the residential architecture. My heart is out West, but I can't deny how beautiful a good rowhouse or colonial can really be.
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Old 01-22-2017, 06:08 PM
Location: Northern US
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Though they do not comprise of entire neighborhoods, I thought I should add in Waterloo, IA, Omaha, Dubuque, IA, and Detroit as having at least some rowhomes.

Waterloo actually has a lot of rowhouses spread out around the city, not entire neighborhoods though but there are plenty, especially considering it's west of the Mississippi.

Dubuque has a lot by their Downtown area, many of them are Second-Empire and very nice, reminds me somewhat of row-houses in Boston.

Omaha has some spread out around the city, but again, not a lot, oddly, a lot of the ones I've seen are actually one-story rowhomes.

Detroit used to have plenty of rowhomes. But, most of them are gone now, but there still are a couple close to the downtown area. Though as the city revitalizes, tons of new ones are getting built.

Also, many old, small mill towns like Pittsfield in New England have them, both brick and wooden ones.

Interesting thing to note though, is that new Rowhomes are getting built in many cities across the USA, both in the city-centers and even the suburbs of some cities. Des Moines is having many getting built throughout it's core and suburbs, which is interesting because Des Moines used to have many rowhomes, but nearly all of the original ones are gone, but now you are seeing them return.
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Old 01-23-2017, 10:54 AM
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Houston: https://twitter.com/densifyingHOU
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Old 01-23-2017, 01:43 PM
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Philadelphia. The areas around Society hill and Rittenhouse square are beautiful and historic.
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Old 01-23-2017, 01:56 PM
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Looks like there's lots of little towns in the NE (and perhaps a few in the MW/SE that have row house style). These are the bigger cities that I consider "row house cities" for how numerous they are in the US.
-Saint Louis
-Chicago (maybe not even as many as Saint Louis in real numbers, but enough to make the list, I think)
-Washington DC/Baltimore (Perhaps the capital of them)
-New York City
-San Francisco

Cleveland, Buffalo and Detroit I think would've qualified had the ones that were in existence stayed put. One of the few holdouts in CLE:

Can't think of any other major cities that would have them, though I think Richmond could certainly classify as major.
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Old 01-23-2017, 04:05 PM
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Generally I think if at least ~25% of the housing stock is attached, then the rowhouse type is defining in the city's architecture. This applies to Philly and its satellites and the Baltimore-Annapolis-Washington complex. Row houses are clearly present in Richmond but the city limits are broad enough that the share is only 8%. I wouldn't call NYC a row house city either despite concentrations of such residences in Brooklyn. Other cities may also have row houses, but they are more like "quirks" for them than a major feature.
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Old 01-23-2017, 04:11 PM
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Location of true row house cities in the eastern United States

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