Illustrated Architecture Dictionary ............ Styles of
Duplexes and Two-Family Flats
Excerpted (without footnotes)
from the Broadway-Fillmore, Buffalo, NY Intensive Level Historic Resources Survey
By Francis Kowsky
There are two categories of multiple-family housing common in Buffalo: the double house and the two-decker.
Each category is characterized by the special organization of the
dwelling units within it. Multiple-unit dwellings reflect the same
stylistic influences and progressions seen in and generally first
utilized for single family houses.
Typically the double house comprises two mirror-image plans, multiple-floor units placed side by side. However, plans and massing may vary.
The earliest form has principal entrances and halls placed next to each
other at the facade’s center. Stylistic treatments of double houses
span the same range of historically inspired architectural styles used
for single-family residences.
residences are most common in Buffalo. The form evolved from the
standard side-hall-plan dwelling, expanded and adapted to accommodate
identical plan units stacked on two floors.
The two-decker form is well represented in the Grant-Ferry-Forest
neighborhood. A common stock of the neighborhood, buildings of this
type occur on many residential streets of the western area.
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