THE ROW HOUSE AS CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE: FROM AMSTERDAM TO PHILADELPHIA & BEYOND
The first architects to design small and mid-sized classical houses were the Dutch in the Golden Age of the 1600s; the contemporaries of Rembrandt and Vermeer. In bringing classical architecture to the houses of middle-class people, they invented what we call the row house — and they built the pleasantest cities in the world.
Philadelphians are the heirs of the Dutch classical revolution, as filtered through often brilliant adaptations in England, Scotland, and Ireland. Only London has more row houses than Philadelphia, and no city has used the beauty of its row house neighborhoods more successfully than Philadelphia to lure new residents and new investment.
Charles Duff’s new book The North Atlantic Cities, on which this program is based, describes and celebrates the growth of the world’s row house cities.