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Row of townhomes on Convent Avenue in Sugar Hill (Corcoran) Row of townhomes on Convent Avenue in Sugar Hill (Corcoran)
While New York City is world-famous for its skyscrapers, it's impossible to walk down certain blocks and not experience admiration for the rows of brownstones and townhouses, some of which date back to the 19th century. One of the most interesting facets of these is how no two are exactly the same; the city's architects drew on a number of influences throughout the decades. Some people are well-versed in different types of architectural styles, while others know what design elements they like even if they can't put a name to its theme.

Fortunately, one does not need a degree in architecture to enjoy the city's townhouses. CityRealty takes a look at different styles that have taken shape. Some remain single-family homes, others have been converted to boutique condominiums, and all are mindful of their buildings' rich architectural history.

Federal Style
In the decades following the Revolutionary War, New York experienced a building boom that led to several new rowhouses. The red brick style was greatly influenced by the English Georgian style, but nods to the classical tradition.
173-Hicks-Street-01 All images of 173 Hicks Street via Compass
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From the listing: Perched on the 5th floor of a historic Federalist-style elevator building, this one-of-a-kind home spans two townhouses, offering exceptional light with its large front-facing windows. Enter into a vast living room space featuring wrap-around shelving and built-in storage plus an attractive wood-burning fireplace and three large windows; this room includes a dining area and adjacent full guest bathroom. Additional features include high ceilings, beautiful hardwood floors, crown molding, lovely architectural details, exposed brick and tons of storage space. See floor plan and full details here.

Greek Revival Style
Between the 1830s and the 1850s, Federal-style rowhouses slowly gave way to Greek revival. The red brick facades remained, but features like Ionic and Doric columns and ornamental work with Greek motifs made their way in.
112-West-13th-Street-01 All images of 112 West 13th Street via Compass
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From the listing: Once home to author E.B. White of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little fame, Number 112 is a classic Greek Revival townhouse tucked away on quiet 13th Street. It maintains many original details like pocket doors, six fully functional wood-burning fireplaces with stunning marble mantles, and a double-doored foyer. This bright, open townhouse is move-in ready with fresh paint inside and out, and recent upgrades to the baths, though the price will allow the new owner to personalize the residence. See floor plan and full details here.

Gothic Revival Style
As Gothic Revival-style architecture came through in churches on the rise throughout New York before the 1850s (including the historic Trinity Church), it soon inspired residential design as well. While space constraints kept it from truly taking hold with rowhouses, its influence can be seen in details like ironwork in balconies and stoop railings.
18-East-10th-Street-01 All images of 18 East 10th Street via Sotheby's International Realty
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From the listing: This parlor/garden-floor duplex with its striking Gothic entryway combines into a 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath home with dramatic, soaring 12' ceilings, three wood-burning fireplaces, two-kitchens, backyard/garden, and 24-foot-wide balcony off of an expansive master bedroom. Gorgeous floor-to-ceiling French windows overlook one of the best blocks in Greenwich Village with simple access to fantastic restaurants, shopping and transportation. See floor plan and full details here.

Italianate Style
Between the 1850s and 1870s, a new style of architecture took inspiration from Italian palazzi while using local brownstone materials. The result was an elegant style featuring curved lines and delicate ornamentation. Back when the country aspired to be seen as an extension of Europe, brownstone was a preferred facing material since it was thought to make buildings look older.
143-Summit-Street-01 All images of 143 Summit Street via Compass
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From the listing: Residence two is a masterfully renovated duplex with an outdoor balcony off the living room and a large private roof deck with the most spectacular lower Manhattan and Hudson River views. This never before lived in extraordinary home spans the entire parlor and second floors of the building which footprint was expanded by the developer on both levels with superbly proportioned rooms throughout and every modern convenience. Designed with both entertaining and everyday living on the mind, enter the parlor level of the home with its soaring 11' ceilings and inviting open living concept which allows a seamless flow from room to room. See floor plan and full details here.

Second Empire Style
In the 1860s, Second Empire-style brownstones began to rise throughout New York. The design is similar to Italianate (see above), but tends to feature ornate curved windows and mansard roofs.
215-Clermont-Avenue-01 All images of 215 Clermont Avenue via Compass
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From the listing: One of twelve French Second Empire style homes built between 1868 and 1871 on a prime Fort Greene block, 215 Clermont Avenue is simply a glorious house. The owner's duplex is stunning, as it has been fully renovated and reconfigured while maintaining some of the most remarkable details of the building's original, ornate architecture. Stunning original details of the living room include restored inlaid floors, a marble fireplace mantle, wooden window shutters, crown and decorative plaster moldings and a detailed tin ceiling. See floor plan and full details here.

Neo-Grec Style
In the mid-1860s and 1870s, Italianate architecture began to fade out in favor of Neo-Grec. This style continued to use brownstone facades but is characterized by more angular details.
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From the listing: 6 West 83rd Street is a Neo Grec style single-family townhouse designed by the architect Christian Blinn in 1881 as the second in a series of four row houses. This newly renovated home is the least expensive single-family townhouse on the Upper West Side with an elevator. Others features include a glass rear wall on the lower three floors which floods the house with natural light, high-end finishes and appliances, a luxurious full-floor master suite, and an excavated basement and recreation room with a full bath leading out to the 32'-deep south-facing garden, all spread across five floors and approximately 4,950 square feet of living space. See floor plan and full details here.

Queen Anne style
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From the 1870s to the 1890s, Queen Anne-style townhouses began to take shape in New York. These homes tend to feature a variety of materials as well as more ornamentalism in the design.
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From the listing: Built in 1888 by C. Abbott French & Co., 130 East 95th Street is a Queen Anne style townhouse with an immensely charming and well maintained facade on an 18' wide by 100.67' deep lot. It offers the classical elegance of a 19th century townhouse, but renovated to offer modern comforts. With multiple living and entertaining spaces, 4 bedrooms plus a library, 3 full baths and one half bath, the house currently spans over 4,000 square feet above grade, plus approximately 724 square feet in the cellar. See floor plan and full details here.

Romanesque Revival
From the 1880s to the beginning of the 20th century, Romanesque Revival-style architecture began to rise in popularity. Its mix of materials is similar to that of Queen Anne-style architecture, but heavier features like grand arches around doors and windows set it apart.
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From the listing: Originally a three-family, this beautiful brownstone boasts 2,800 square feet over 4 floors plus an additional 800-square-foot cellar. The building currently serves as a two family with two gorgeous duplex apartments. The entire house from top to bottom is flooded with incredible southern light and features original honey toned 8" wide plank floors, moldings, exposed brick walls, and decorative mantles. See floor plan and full details here.

Renaissance Revival
162-Washington-Park-01 162 Washington Park via CityRealty
From the 1880s to the 1920s, Renaissance Revival-style architecture took inspiration from an optimistic era. This comes through in lighter-colored facades and ornate details like formal entryways and floral, wreath, and fruit motifs around the windows.
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From the listing: Originally built in 1885 and converted to condominium in 2004, 162 Washington Park is a well maintained 17' wide brownstone condominium with 5 residences located directly across from Fort Greene Park. This duplex features hardwood floors throughout, exposed and whitewashed brick walls, and decorative moulding, all with an abundance of closet and storage space. See floor plan and full details here.

Beaux-Arts
35-East-68th-Street-01 35 East 68th Street via CityRealty
Beaux-Arts architecture rose to prominence around the same time as Renaissance Revival. American architects who studied at L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris brought French neoclassic influences back to the States, and incorporated modern materials. It also features sculptural decoration along modern lines.
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From the listing: 5 East 68th Street, aka the Dunham House, is an architecturally stunning 25' wide pre-war Beaux-Arts limestone mansion that was designed by Carrere & Hastings in 1901- the same architects who designed the New York Public Library and Frick Mansion. This charming duplex is filled with character and highlighted by dramatic 21' ceilings, a wood burning fireplace, and a delightful patio. See floor plan and full details here.

Neo-Georgian
From the 1890s to the 1920s, architects began paying tribute to early design traditions. Sometimes known as "colonial revival," this style returns to stately and symmetrical brick facades but adds elements of other types of architecture.
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From the listing: Perched atop a historic Neo-Georgian mansion just steps from Central Park, this picturesque two-bedroom penthouse and its coveted south-facing terrace recently underwent a meticulous renovation. The home was painstakingly redesigned by Gramercy Design to utilize every square inch, replicate original and period moldings, and seamlessly integrate modern conveniences. All of the windows are new in-swing French casements, and the white oak floors are in a classic herringbone pattern. See floor plan and full details here.

Eclectic Styles
Many architects sampled from a variety of classical styles to create their own unique signature. This townhouse dates back to 1880 and combines Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival influences to make a home with a brick facade, brownstone and terra cotta details, and whimsical ornamentation.
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From the listing: Currently used as an in-demand, boutique bed-and-breakfast, this townhouse dazzles with old-world craftsmanship and meticulous modern updates. You'll find soaring 11' ceilings, stained glass, inlaid hardwood floors, ornate millwork and stately fireplace surrounds throughout the residence. Recent updates include a new roof, boiler and hot water heater and updated electrical and plumbing. See floor plan and full details here.

Art Deco
As the city's population ballooned in the early 20th century, upwardly-mobile immigrant families moved away from the dense central neighborhoods of Manhattan to new areas of the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn where the subway had been expanded to. Tract-builders in these undeveloped areas produced rows of attached and semi-detached blocks of two and three-story houses sometimes with faint Art Deco brickwork or Tudor-style detailing.
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From the listing: This is a single-family house located in Astoria. Features enclosed porch with large windows. After the porch is a large living room with ceramic tiles. Going past the living room is a large dining area and eat-in-kitchen. The first floor also has half a bathroom and laundry area. There is an entrance to the backyard from the kitchen. The second floor has 3 bedrooms and a full bathroom. The basement is partially finished with entrance from both the front and back of the house. The house has a 2 car garage. It is close to shopping on Steinway Street, great restaurants, and a place of worship. It's located a few blocks to the M and the R subway line on Broadway and 46th Street. N line is located on 30th Avenue and 31st Street. Within a few minutes to Laguardia Airport, the Grand Central Parkway and the Triboro Bridge. See floor plan and full details here.

International Style
Closely related to modernism, the international style of architecture was developed in the 1920's and 1930's. The style emerged in Europe and is distinguished by an emphasis on volume over mass, a lack of ornamentation, and the use of industrial materials.
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From the listing: This iconic modernist residence was completed in 1935 and commissioned by the prominent textile and WWII Distinguished Service Medal recipient Richard Kramer. The current ownership completed a gut renovation of the interiors both mechanically and cosmetically including the installation of an elevator in 2017. The home's original exterior and design have been preserved including Lescaze's stunning trademark glass brick window wall. There is an expansive use of glass windows on both facades, complemented by plenty of private outdoor space including a lower garden and roof terrace. See floor plan and full details here.

Post-modernism
In the 1960's, a new style emerged as a reaction to the austerity of modern architecture. Post-modernism called on designers to celebrate existing architecture and reintroduce ornamentation and decorative elements. In the words of Robert Venturi, "Less is a bore."
241-West-17th-Street-01 All images of 241 West 17th Street via Sotheby's International Realty
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From the listing: This unique and stunning 25' wide, 5-story elevator townhouse is located in prime Chelsea and offers a 6 bedroom layout with private garage, or 4 bedrooms with a spacious home office suite. The sensational double-height living room features 22' ceilings, exposed brick walls, a wood-burning/gas fireplace, and brilliant southern light through the floor-to-ceiling windows, and French doors leading to a Juliet balcony. A state-of-the-art chef's kitchen features a granite center island, abundant custom cherry cabinetry, and top of the line appliances See floor plan and full details here.

Contemporary Modern
In the 21st century, no one style of architecture is dominant. Some designers have embraced high-tech building materials and design techniques, while others feature sculptural, high-concept facades.
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From the listing: Welcome to 22 St Felix, an exquisite private home designed for modern style and sophistication. An Elan smart home system allows you to adjust every specification from lighting to media to security from the touch of your phone. Wall iPads are available on the first and second floors to access the system and achieve contemporary living at its best. A keyless entry system brings you from the private forecourt into the open concept kitchen. See floor plan and full details here.

Contemporary Classicism
Many of the new townhouse rows taking shape today have adopted a contemporary historic style using the proportions and subtle elements of classic styles but without the ornamentation. These designs work well paying homage to the surrounding pre-existing architecture while incorporating modern materials, finishes, and building techniques.
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From the listing: Enjoy living in this brand new, four story townhouse with an expansive layout and roof deck boasting unbelievable Manhattan skyline views. This four-bedroom, three-bath arches townhouse features a full floor through kitchen, dining and living experience. Step outside from the living room to a private landscaped yard, adjacent to a tranquil deck which creates a prefect entertaining space. See floor plan and full details here.

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