The row house is the subject of a yearlong investigation at Urban Omnibus, the second installment in our Typecast series that examines stereotyped and seemingly stagnant architectural typologies. Over the course of the year, we’ll explore the cultural symbolism of the row house in popular media, from Henry James to Spike Lee; illustrate through comics what happens when strangers are neighbors in a house built for a nuclear family; chronicle how the row house has been and remains a source of affordable housing; document façade materiality (stone veneer, stucco, vinyl siding, oh my!); and profile some of the city’s row house moguls (including the late father of a certain strangely-coiffed presidential candidate).
For Typecast, Emily Schmidt spins the origin story of the affordable row house in the 1980s, when pastors and businessmen sowed scorched earth with rows of new homes.
by Vincent Meyer Madaus and Sebastian Bernardy
For Typecast, Vincent Meyer Madaus and Sebastian Bernardy look at the semi-public space between the sidewalk and the front door — and how residents satisfy their needs and fancies when space is scarce.
For our Typecast series, Rob Stephenson combs the city for the quirks, flourishes, and changing facades that make each row house unique.
For our Typecast series, photographer Amani Willett heads to Brooklyn in search of row house businesses, where home and work nestle close and share space.
For our Typecast series, Henry Grabar visits Canarsie, where long rows of attached brick houses defy traditional flood-proofing elevation. Could rising flood insurance premiums pose a greater immediate threat to homeowners than rising sea levels?
This week on Typecast, Allison Henry tells the tale of Clarence True, a 19th century architect-developer who believed he alone could save the row house from mundanity.
For our Typecast series, we look at the row house as costume, backdrop, and even a character in its own right in popular culture.
For our Typecast series, Thomas J. Campanella traces the development of Brooklyn's vast southern plain, a landscape of storybook neo-Tudor row houses thanks to Depression-era builders like Fred Trump.
In the latest installment of our Typecast series, Neil Freeman counts and maps New York's row houses — all 217,000 of them.
What we can learn from New York's humble row house, a form at once dominant and overlooked.