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Rowhouses and Repetition

When I was discussing rowhouses a week ago, I mentioned in passing that I think of rows of houses that are absolutely identical as being “London style” rowhouses. The picture above shows a mild example: the row of eight houses on the left have been modified a bit (and apparently, based on changes in brick …

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Something Actually New

That very nice example of Neo-classic architecture is the headhouse of the old Curzon Street station in Birmingham. It was in railroad use for 128 years starting in 1838, and it wouldn’t surprise me if that was some kind of record for longevity among railroad buildings. Originally, it was the front of a dead-end station …

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The Cuteness Is Misleading

That’s a lock on the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, constructed in the 1780s. First, the canal was designed by John Smeaton, so I hope it’s fair to say that looking at that canal is paying tribute to greatness. Second, my immediate reaction, before I thought about it, was “it’s so small and cute.” Railroads were …

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Similar But Different

Architecture has an interesting paradox at its core: there is a nearly infinite number of variations on the appearance of buildings, but there is a relatively small number of building types. For example, urban housing typically consists of a mix of high-rise apartments, mid-rise apartments, garden apartments, rowhouses, and single-family houses. There are only so …

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