Communications Project

Document Type:Master's Thesis
Name:John F. Weinheimer III
Title:A Place of Our Own
Degree:Master of Architecture
Committee Chair: Michael J. O'Brien
Committee Members:Michael J. O'Brien, chair
Donna Dunay
Joseph Mashburn
Keywords:place, row house, town house,
Date of defense:August 16, 1997
Availability:Release the entire work immediately worldwide.


A place is said to be meaningful when man feel’s “at home.” Looking at industrial cities, one finds an immense density to them. This results from the communities surrounding the industry. These communities developed from the housing supplied by the factories for the workers, primarily immigrants. They generally formed com- munities based on their ethnic origins and/or religious beliefs. The craftsmanship, quality and conditions were not the best. Within this context some of the strongest communities developed. Industry supplied these families with minimal housing. These families created something greater — a place to live — a shelter they could return to and a community to grow. The workers and their families succeeded in making a place of their own. 1

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