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Old 03-04-2010, 10:27 PM
 
Location: St. Paul, MN
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I'm really interested in learning about the different housing styles from the Burgh around the turn of the century. Could you describe what both an Edwardian row house and a Victorian row house look like, and the differences between them? To you, do houses qualify as "row" houses when they are 2-3 feet apart from their neighbors? Thanks!
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Old 03-05-2010, 05:14 AM
 
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Shared sidewalls are definitionally part of what makes something a row house.

Victorian means from roughly 1837 to 1901, and during that period there were a number of different architectural trends--I think something like 8 different primary residential styles have been identified in the Victorian period in the United States. Victorian rowhouses could be anything from very plain to incredibly ornate depending on the socioeconomic class of the builder. Among the middle-to-high-end houses, you can look for details like lots of ornate light decorative work (aka "gingerbread") for Queen Anne, mansard roofs for Second Empire, and heavy stonework, squat columns, and rounded arches for Richardsonian Romanesque.

Edwardian means from 1901 to 1914ish. Edwardian rowhouses tend to be a little less ornate than Victorian rowhouses but often with nice brickwork, and sometimes little tower and turrets. Stylistically this was sort of a grab bag era and lots of late-Victorian styles persisted in some form, but you might look in particular for Neo-Georgian/Classical-Revival details (including divided light windows, shutters, and so forth).
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:06 AM
 
Location: St. Paul, MN
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Thanks, BrianTH! I guess I was hoping there were clear features that would differentiate them, but it makes sense that they're associated with time periods that each have many styles.
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:25 AM
 
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Yep, and it can be very difficult telling the difference between houses from the two periods, particularly on working-class rowhouses where the ornamentation is limited.

In fact one of your best rules of thumb is just to look at windows--bigger windows in a modest rowhouse will tend to place it later in time.
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Old 03-05-2010, 04:57 PM
 
Location: South Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Back to the main point of this thread, this house and its location have always struck me as instantly memorable. You can find this house/apartment on the corner of Dawson and Bouquet Streets in Central Oakland. What makes it unique is that its address is neither of those streets, its Diulus Way, which as the second photo clearly shows, is a classic example of a "paper street". It's also unique in that the building's corner closest to the hill is tighter than 90 degrees. It also offers a remarkable vista of Panther Hollow (the neighborhood) and the Schenley Bridge and CMU further up Junction Hollow (the actual name for the valley).

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