The Rowhome has a rich architectural and urban planning history throughout Europe. Starting in the early 1300’s, Rowhomes or Terraced houses, became an economic and architectural success in England. Connecting individual houses on the ends makes for a more compact and therefore economical design. The concept migrated to the United States and in 1691, Budd’s Row, in Philadelphia, PA, became America’s first Rowhome development. 10 timber and masonry homes were built in a row. Each home was 2 stories and 25’ deep.

In the Grove, JEMA is designing a modern version of the historic Rowhome. 22 Rowhomes cascade along Norfolk Avenue creating an urban edge and diversifying the housing stock of the neighborhood. Floor to ceiling windows, rear balconies, front yard gardens and 2 colors of brick come together to create a modernist twist to the centuries old Rowhome.

Modern Rowhomes on Norfolk Avenue in the Grove, St. Louis, MO
Rowhomes in England, circa 1334.
Warm light grey and dark grey brick are coupled with weathering steel panels and floor to ceiling windows.
Baltimore, MD Rowhomes
The Rowhomes create a strong urban edge.
Washington DC Rowhomes
Each Rowhome has a rear yard and a front garden.
Philadelphia, PA Rowhomes