WORDS OF THE WEEK – JUNE 15, 2010
These are terms from the world of multi-family residences.
ROW HOUSE, TERRACE HOUSE OR TOWNHOUSE
A style of medium-density housing that originated in Europe in the late 17th century, where a row of identical or mirror-image houses share side walls.
BROWNSTONE, BRICK ROW HOUSE, OR EASTERN TOWNHOUSE
19th century-style house, usually having 4 or 5 stories with a stoop leading up to the first floor. There are common side walls with a house on either side.
A distinct medium density multi-family housing typology centered around a shared outdoor open space or garden and surrounded by one or two stories of apartment units typically only accessed by courtyard from the street (and not by an interior corridor).
For a list of multi-family residential types ( semi-detached or attached), from the American triple-decker, to the German Plattenbau or the Indian Vatara, click here.
For a list of courtyard types throughout the world, click here.