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A Rowhouse Spotter’s Guide

Know your fancy architecture.


From left to right:

Federal (18001835)
Clean and simple. Two stories, sometimes three, with dormer windows in attic. Unornamented stone windowsills and lintels.

Greek Revival (18301850)
Often has a brownstone base and brick upper façade. Entryway has pilasters and slim windows flanking the door and simple lintels above.

Italianate (18401870)
Elaborate projecting ornament. Façade is usually brownstone. High stoop; round-headed double doors. Windows and doors often flanked with carved scroll- or acanthus-leaf-shaped brackets.

Queen Anne (18701890)
Lots of materials, colors, and especially textures. Asymmetrical façade, typically with bay windows; terra-cotta and wrought-iron details; complex dormers and chimneys. Right-angle or straight high stoop.

Beaux-Arts (18901920)
Formal and classical. Often white limestone or marble. No stoop to speak of; often has wrought-iron balconies.

Source: Rowhouse Styles, published by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (2005).


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