Have You Ever Seen a Row House with a Pitched Roof?


I thought this was pretty wild. Any ideas why someone would buck the trend like this?

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  • Newer construction.

    Cheaper materials used to build

    Easier to maintain, would last longer than a flat roof

  • not to mention the siding. wtf was going on here?

    • we need stricter permit laws. word life.

      • That little house may not look grand in that siding, but it was in much worse shape before the renovation about 2 years ago. The wood was in horrible shape, both from rot and from large vehicles tearing it apart while going down the alley. I assume the budget of the owner kept him from spending more and siding can sometimes add a lot of insulation to a house like that.

  • You have it backwards. Pitched roof rowhouses were the first houses on the block. They didn’t buck the trend for flat roofs, they beat it.

    There’s still plenty of these earliest rowhouses in Capitol Hill, Georgetown, even a scattering in Shaw.

  • we have plenty of houses with pitched roofs in trinidad as well. many of them are newer construction.

  • Also provides a dormer room (see third-floor window on side). And reduces the risk of snow-related damage because of its steeper pitch.

  • Crin is correct: the oldest rowhouses still extant will more than likely have a gable roof. I would be willing to bet that the house pictured above is older than its neighbors with their pent roofs (roof with only one angle). The proportions of the house above look early-to-mid 19th century, and the fact that the top of the front door doesn’t line up with the top of the window is a clue that it’s probably pretty old.

    It also looks like it has a cat-slide roof in the back (what Yankees up north call “salt-box”).

  • I love the bright blue house on the right. And the boy who lives in it.

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