Favorite Stuccoed Rowhomes
Here and other places people often rail against developers/contractors/homeowners who stucco the facades of rehabs. I'm often one of the most critical, because it's usually done without any sort of character, looks out of place, and is often of poor quality. With that said, there is nothing inherently wrong with stucco and it has been employed with great success all over the world for hundreds of years from ornate Iranian work to Italian Renaissance buildings designed by Michelangelo.
There must be some attractive houses in the city that have pulled it off in the simple rowhome form, so I'm curious to see if there are any houses that have stood out to anyone as being an example of the stucco Philadelphia rowhome done right.
Corner house at tyson and eastwood just underwent a stucco transformation. You can see it in the birds eye view, but not in street view:
On the 3600 Block of Conrad Street in East Falls is a row of vernacular Victorians which were 'converted' to Mission Revivals in the 1920's. They look really cool. Most people think there were built as Mission Revivals, but they weren't; in fact, they're pretty close to a row of Victorian Vernaculars on 3300 Frederick around the corner, underneath the stucco.
Originally Posted by the mule
There are also some nice ground up and also conversion Mission Revivals on Barclay Street, Osmond Street, and around the corner on Bowman Street, mostly grass roots stucco buildings on the first two blocks, which Bowman being more conversions from earlier brick front houses.
Last edited by billy ross; 06-19-2012 at 09:36 AM.
I agree that stucco is usually a hideous thing to do to brick houses, but I drive by that one quite often and it really looks great.
Originally Posted by Worm
Also, there is a twin maybe two, on Torresdale across from Moss Rec that look(s) great too. It raises up a block that sadly looks very beat.
When I lived on the 3500 block of Vaux Street in East Falls, I had a nice-looking stucco porch front house with red/brown tiled roof, dark red trim and door, and a rounded front window. It had great curb appeal but no place to put the third child so we moved.
My second house was a large stucco Victorian twin that looked better on the inside than the outside.
My new house is a traditional red brick row. Cute inside and out. Back to being small but it's the right size for now.
Ah yes, I had a memory of that row of houses on Conrad but couldn't place it. I haven't been over there in ages. Those buildings definitely benefit from their unique style relative to other philly houses.
Originally Posted by billy ross
Bing was just a little too early with their picture too. The side is complete but they're just scaffolding the front.
Originally Posted by Worm
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There was a hideous stucco job at the corner of 24th & Pine (which you can see here: 2400 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA - Google Maps )
The house has been undergoing renovation and now it's a much nicer stucco job. Have to see if I can get a picture.
This gem is on 12th near McKean. I had a better shot taken a couple of years ago that showed it in full Glory but must have been lost when cleaning out my pictures.
Last edited by Litter Box; 06-24-2012 at 10:16 AM.
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