Saturday, August 04, 2007

House-A-Day: Twins

twin houses

One often sees matching sets of houses lined in a row, copies built at the same time by the same builder: twins, triplets, and sometimes more. But once built, they evolve separately. A hundred years later, it's often hard to tell the houses ever matched, as new additions, stuccoed porches, siding, and a thousand other little changes obscure the original form. Only small architectural details and matching proportions reveal the true history.

If you look carefully, you will notice that the house on the left has evolved right out of existence. Only the facade remains.

a house with no frame

(Though I thought I saw foundation work behind it, hinting at the possibility that they'll rebuild it anew, behind the existing front. If so, good for them.)

They were gutting the house on the right. The smell was horrible, like a giant cat-in-heat had musked the whole block.

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