Old Houses

Red Lion Row house

Just off the public areas of Longwood Gardens is Red Lion Row, a street of housing originally constructed for the Longwood workers in the early 1900s and meticulously maintained ever since.  This one had features that instantly produced a flash of recognition of my childhood house in East Lansdowne.

The first was the dressed-stone foundation supporting the stucco walls that I remember now that I see it.  Our foundation also was real stone, not a fake veneer over cinder blocks, and the cellar windows peeked through it (we always called it a cellar, never a basement).  On our house, the coal delivery truck stuck their chute through one of these open windows to reach the coal bin on the other side (see 12/13/2007 posting).

But the main source of recognition is the first-floor windows with the divided panes above the large single pane below.  My theory is that at that time large panes of window glass were available but still expensive.  It made sense to make the lower sash one single pane to give an unobstructed view, but the upper sash was only for admitting light, so several smaller panes were more economical.


About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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