skinny buildings…

Every year when I go through Cincinnati I wonder about the ‘skinny buildings’…I’ve done some research trying to find out why the tall thin buildings?  What I found was reference to their historical aspect but nothing with detailed information about this particular architecture preference.   I’m going to assume when these buildings were built the roads were narrow,  with possibly a large influx of settlers, with space being limited?   If anyone knows the reason please leave a message…fyi…photo taken while driving, not me of course!

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14 responses

  1. They are pretty thin. There are similar around London. Perhaps the length of road frontage had a cost attached..

    March 26, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    • they are in certain areas along the highway…some thinner than these few but this was the best photo.

      March 27, 2016 at 10:26 am

      • This might help… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shotgun_house

        March 27, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      • very interesting…I see some of the “shotgun” houses in Key West, lovely little gingerbread type homes, and I’ve wondered about them. Now I know. I noticed there wasn’t any reference to homes in Cincinnati? Possibly due the fact the buildings in Cincinnati look a bit different than these house as most are multi story, either a single dwelling or multi dwellings. Thanks for looking…I’ve done some research but never came across the name “Shotgun” houses before…

        March 28, 2016 at 10:52 am

      • Google shotgun house cincinnati. Some references there. Also railroad apartment. These had an internal passage linking the rooms..

        March 28, 2016 at 10:57 am

      • I googled and there are also photos of the style I see when I go through Cincinnati…the drive is takes on an interstate highway that goes directly through the city and the houses are similar to the ones I posted. I guess they lumped them all together with the narrow idea and the interior design being similar, with various external designs. Thank you, now I can at least research the proper name…skinny didn’t work! 😉

        March 28, 2016 at 11:05 am

      • It was interesting finding it out. Good puzzle 🙂

        March 28, 2016 at 11:11 am

      • Yes, I like to check things out when I have a question…I enjoy learning new things!

        March 30, 2016 at 10:11 am

      • Me too 🙂

        March 30, 2016 at 10:41 am

  2. They are skinny!

    March 26, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    • yes, some even skinnier but this was the best photo to post(I was in the passenger seat of a moving vehicle)…I’ll keep researching to see if I can find out why they were built so skinny back then.

      March 27, 2016 at 10:33 am

      • I’d like to know that. And good going from the passenger seat. I do that a lot too. 🙂

        March 27, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      • I will keep researching…I always take photos from the passenger seat when I’m traveling. You win some you loose some… 😉

        March 28, 2016 at 10:29 am

      • True 🙂

        March 28, 2016 at 10:31 am

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