Colombia, PA Italianate Twins

Italianate twins in Columbia, PA. Side-by-side houses with a shared party wall and mirror image plans have a variety of regional names. Depending on where they are, they might be called a double-house, duplex, twin, another name. They are most often symmetrical in design but occasionally have variations from one side to the other.

Although sharing a wall and appearing as a single building, they typically are on separate lots and owned by two parties. The pairs are often free-standing, but can be found as part of an urban row. They can be found in virtually any style but were particularly popular during the Victorian era. This lovely double-house is in the Italianate style and was likely built in the 1860s.

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Italianate is one of 25 historic architectural styles described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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