How Well Do You Really Know DC Rowhouses?

You probably already know that DC is the place to go, but how well do you understand DC real estate, specifically rowhouses? Do you know where to look and do you understand the differences? 

One big advantage of a rowhouse over a traditional detached home is that rowhouses don’t take up as much room. They are commonly built in a row and have a common façade. DC area rowhouses oftentimes share at least one common wall with a neighboring home, and they share a roofline.


The Federal style rowhouse is likely the oldest you’ll find in DC. Some of them date back to the 18th Century and were extremely popular during the early to mid-19th Century, too. Federal style rowhouses are sometimes plain, and other times elegantly adorned. Commonly, this type of rowhouse is two to three stories high. If this is the type of rowhouse you like, you’re in luck because many examples of Federal style rowhouses still exist today.

Gothic Revival

The Gothic Revival style came about soon after. With this type of rowhouse, the style is more reminiscent of a Gothic Revival church. Look for a flat roof, an arched doorway, multi-paned windows, and sometimes a full brownstone exterior.


The Italianate style began around the mid to late 1800s. Oftentimes you would find some type of ornament over the window and a heavy cornice. The middle class added bay windows to Italianate rowhouses for status reasons.

Queen Anne

Queen Anne style rowhouses were popular in the late 1800s. These types of residences were more ornate, sometimes with wrought iron doors and railings, gabled roofs, and bay windows.


Countless Colonials went up in DC during the housing boom of the early 20th Century. These types of residences are more traditional, plain, and symmetrical.


Modern rowhouses became popular around the Mid-Century. They oftentimes allow for a lot of natural light and instead of being described as grand, they are minimal in design.

Post a Comment