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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hidden Plainfield: Philly-Style

These Philly-style rowhouses have had their porches enclosed.
Today's Hidden Plainfield is a selection of row homes in the Philadelphia style, which is unusual in Plainfield.

While row homes were commonly developed in Eastern seaboard cities, each major metropolitan area developed its own particular flavor. In New York, they were marked by narrow frontages and higher ceiling heights and were nicknamed after the most common building material -- brownstone.

Baltimore's were built of brick, set low to the ground and fronted with white marble stoops only three or four steps high rather than porches.

In Philadelphia, rowhouses were of brick construction, sometimes with stone facade work, moderate ceiling heights and featured a relatively deep porch and a bay or oriel window fronting the upper floors.

These Plainfield examples have all had their porches closed in and turned into an extra room at some time in the past.

They can be enjoyed along with indispensable Philadelphia 'style' food contributions:
Soft pretzels, cheesesteaks, and cream cheese.

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Jackie said...

You know that one's too easy for me. East Second Street between Church and Roosevelt.

Anonymous said...

The parking meter and billboard give it away: East 2nd near Rooseveldt.

Anonymous said...

North side of East 2nd Street between Roosevelt Ave and Church St (200 Block East 2nd).

olddoc said...

Jackie has taken many pictures of the back yards,

Brett said...

This post may not be a response to your blog posting of the day; however, I hope you allow my post to appear on your blog. I was a family caregiver for 2.5 years and learned some things the hard way on how to get myself and the person I am caring for ready for a major storm.

Since Sunday is the last full day we have before Hurricane Sandy hits and if you are a family caregiver, do not forget to take extra precautions while caring for your loved one. Make sure you have an escape plan from your home especially if your loved one has mobility and/or cognitive restrictions. If the person you are caring for is on or attached to electrical/life-support medical apparatus, ensure you have a back-up generator. Also, call your utility company and local fire department to let them know you are caring for a disabled or otherwise restricted person so they can put your house on a high priority list for repairs and/or response.

Hopefully, you already have a 72-hour survival kit in the trunk of your car for you and your loved one in case you have to evacuate your home. Relocate all important documents and medications to a place where you can easily grab them in case you have to evacuate quickly. Ensure you keep your car gas tank full, and cell phone and laptop, if you have one, charged at all times. If you haven’t already done so, buy a cell phone charger for use in your car. One last tip to give your food a chance—turn down your freezer temperature now to its lowest setting so it takes longer for your food to defrost if you lose power, and do not open your freezer door unless absolutely necessary.

In other words, prepare for the unexpected today because Lord knows what is going to happen when Sandy hits us tomorrow.

lectrcngizmo said...

The area is 2nd Street,near Richmond.

Michael Townley said...

East Second Street just east of Church Street, across from UCC campus.

Anonymous said...

200 block e 2nd st

Eliot Martir said...

East 2nd St, between Church and Roosevelt.

Anonymous said...

they are on east 2 nd st

Anonymous said...

Too bad they enclosed porches. No very pleasing to look at.