When houses in a neighborhood are built by the same developer (and at roughly the same time), they tend to look a lot alike. Some developers will make an effort to introduce a little variety, either by changing exterior colors or materials, or sometimes by using several different designs and alternating them. That was the case on a tree-lined street in Philadelphia which was developed in the 1920’s. This particular block includes numerous twin houses (also known as semi-detached houses) which came in three different styles. The twins built on the four corners of this block exhibit a mix of Craftsman and Colonial Revival detailing. The twins in-between are either (1) sort of Colonial or, (2) Prairie/Italian Renaissance Revival in their styling. They all look like houses of the 1920’s. Well, almost all of them. One of them stands out. It didn’t always stand out; it used to be a mirror image of its twin, a Prairie/Italian Renaissance Revival.
Thanks to Chad for sharing this place with us! All images are courtesy Google Street View.
First, we’ll take a look at typical houses on the street: