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Hamilton Court Courtyard: 1908

Hamilton Court Courtyard: 1908

Philadelphia circa 1908. "Hamilton Court -- front interior court." Our second look at these imposing apartments. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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This view demostrates well the lack of symmetry in the design: the tower block on the left is essentially square in plan, whereas the right is a rectangle; there's also a porte cochere only on the right. The latter fact is explained, somewhat, by the floor plan posted yesterday -- there are dining rooms there (suggesting it was built as an apartment hotel rather than a strict apartment house) -- but its it's unusual not to have carried a balanced layout in the upper floors. If Messrs Milligan and Webber wanted to make people ask "why?" they succeeded -- 120 years later I'm asking.

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Well, the original layout was all well and good if you want a nice open space to look at and the ability to maybe drive a small vehicle near your front door to quickly load and unload people or heavy items in bad weather. But that doesn't make any money!

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