types of houses - filippo brunelleschi biography

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  Types of Houses  

In addition to the large palaces, fifteenth-century Florence is characterized by numerous other types of dwellings. First came the 'palagetti', which repeated on a smaller scale the schemes of the larger palaces (portals and windows in pietra serena, classical elements, etc.) and houses on a medieval lot with a frontage of nine braccia (m. 5.25), a measurement that depended on the use of wooden floors allowing for a street entrance to the bottega (shop) or warehouse and to the house itself, which ranged from two to five stories in height and had a small courtyard or garden at the hack. The entrance led directly to a steep straight flight of stairs, about a meter wide, generally repeated in identical form up to the top floor.

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