Late 19th-century row houses or terraces



Krusemyntegade running up to the Jerusalem church on Rigensgade - 45 houses designed by Henrik Sibbern and built between 1870 and 1872

There are several streets in Copenhagen that date from the late 19th century with family homes in terraced rows that have been built following a form and arrangement that was common in England at the same time. That is, all the houses are directly onto the pavement without a front garden. In England, although the plots are the same width and  architectural features can be close in style, it is clear that along the terraced row the plots were sold to individual builders who put two, three, four or sometimes more houses in a section that are identical but vary slightly from the adjoining houses along the street. In Copenhagen these houses were more usually built for housing associations and are generally by a single architect although there can be different plans of house, particularly at the end of a row.

The larger houses differ slightly from the English type in that they are generally wider with two and sometimes three windows to the front on the ground floor lighting a main front room and because the houses are wider there are rarely ranges extending out to the back although there are often detached washhouse and toilet blocks in the back yards. 

The English versions, being generally narrower, usually have a long thin entrance hall leading to a staircase in line in the back half with a front room onto the street, usually a sitting room, a back room alongside the staircase, either a dining room or a main kitchen and a narrow range to the yard with a third room that was either the kitchen or if the kitchen was in the middle room, a scullery or so-called back-kitchen. 

It is also clear from archive drawings that many of the association houses were divided between two families or more with separate kitchens on upper floors. The houses appear to be a single property because they share a front door and, in fact many now have been altered to make them into homes for a single family.

There is one short terraced row near the harbour actually called The English Row Houses but these too differ from standard English houses in plan and form.

Olufsvej just below the Brumleby houses and close to the football stadium in Østerbro