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View Poll Results: Is it a twin or double block?
Twin 5 38.46%
Double block 8 61.54%
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Old 11-28-2007, 03:17 PM
 
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I am from Long Island, we never had anything like these types of homes. My hubby being a Scrantonian has always referred to them as "doubles".
All the houses on Long Island are singles?
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Old 11-28-2007, 03:23 PM
 
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I have a friend who lives in a "twin" in Mineola, Nassau County on Long Island. Been there many of times, so yes, they sure do have them on Long Island.

I think she referred to it as a multi-family????
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Old 11-28-2007, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Sunshine N'Blue Skies
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Duplex. Or two family. Never heard of those other two.

But I'm not "from" this area, so...
The same...........I call them mostly Duplex
Or Two-family
Never heard of the other two either.
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Old 11-28-2007, 06:33 PM
 
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Since we are on the topic of houses. What is it with the barn like roof that dominates so many of the homes in Wilkes-Barre? I can't find a pic, but if SWB comes around I'm sure he can.
I just find it odd to have a house in the middle of a city that is trying to look like a barn, but isn't really pulling off the barn look.
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Old 11-28-2007, 09:48 PM
 
Location: fla
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i used to know it as "half a double"----here in sw fla --it would be called a townhome---
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Old 11-29-2007, 11:12 AM
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I have a friend who lives in a "twin" in Mineola, Nassau County on Long Island. Been there many of times, so yes, they sure do have them on Long Island.

I think she referred to it as a multi-family????
I am from Suffolk...don't have them. Sorry for speaking for the whole Island.

Mineola is pretty densely populated seems like a contiuation of Queens to me.
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Old 11-29-2007, 11:58 AM
 
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Since we are on the topic of houses. What is it with the barn like roof that dominates so many of the homes in Wilkes-Barre? I can't find a pic, but if SWB comes around I'm sure he can.
I just find it odd to have a house in the middle of a city that is trying to look like a barn, but isn't really pulling off the barn look.
LVN, You might be thinking of a gambrel roof. They are often used on Dutch Colonial homes. Try Googlin' "gambrel roof" and see if that looks like what you are talking about.

If this is the style you are thinking of, they probably were built to create more room/storage on the top floor.

Last edited by rockky; 11-29-2007 at 12:07 PM.. Reason: added thought
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Old 11-29-2007, 12:41 PM
 
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i only heard about Duplex. Twin term was used a lot in Europe but never heard anybody use that term in US
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Old 11-29-2007, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Scranton
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Since we are on the topic of houses. What is it with the barn like roof that dominates so many of the homes in Wilkes-Barre? I can't find a pic, but if SWB comes around I'm sure he can.
I just find it odd to have a house in the middle of a city that is trying to look like a barn, but isn't really pulling off the barn look.
I've always wondered the same thing. I've found Wilkes-Barre to be the capital of "barn houses" as I call them. Scranton has them around here and there, but they seem to be the predominant type of house in Wilkes-Barre. I think it must have depended on the builder who was building a majority of houses at the time they were built, and the main home builders in the early 20th century in Wilkes-Barre must have liked barns or grew up on a farm or something.

Personally, I don't care for the "barn" look on houses, myself.

Here's one:
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Old 11-29-2007, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Rockyy was correct. These homes feature "gambrel" style rooves, and they are most prevalent on barns. However, they're not all as bad as ConorsDad pointed out. Here are a few less dilapidated ones from Wilkes-Barre that I featured in some of my photo tours:





Granted Scranton still has the advantage over Wilkes-Barre, in my opinion, in terms of residential architectural aesthetics, but not everyone who lives in a "barn home" in Wilkes-Barre has permitted them to fall into disrepair.
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