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7 Reasons To Live In A Historic Apartment Building


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While apartment buildings have been around for close to two centuries (the earliest tenement in New York City dates to the 1820s), they really started to take off in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As city populations boomed, the need for concentrated housing in dense areas became imperative.

Now, people choose apartments over a house for many reasons, including lower rents, less maintenance, and prime locations. And while newer apartments may have amenities absent from older buildings, there are many benefits you can derive only from living in a historic apartment.

We’ve compiled a few reasons why living in a historic apartment is preferable to living in a newly constructed one.

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7 Reasons To Live In A Historic Apartment Building

  2. 2. 1. Historic structures have irreplaceable character. It’s hard to replicate today the quality and level of craftsmanship found in older construction.
  3. 3. 2. Historic apartments are durable. Historic construction includes hearty construction materials such as slate roofs, load-bearing masonry walls, and plasterwork that often outlive the lifespan of materials used in construction today.
  4. 4. 3. Historic apartments are soundproof. Solid brick walls, soundproof plaster, and wooden doors fight noise better than today’s equivalent of wood or metal studs and drywall.
  5. 5. 4. You can take part in history lessons. By living in a historic apartment, you are part of history lessons, like the development of apartment buildings over the past century.
  6. 6. 5. Historic apartments are often in desirable areas. Historic buildings, including apartments, are frequently located in desirable areas and city centers where there are established, amenity-rich communities.
  7. 7. 6. You become part of the preservation community. You inherently become part of the preservation conversation if you live in a historic structure, especially if it’s in a historic district or on a list like the National Register.
  8. 8. 7. Historic structures present opportunities. Historic apartments have what people want today in their living space—innate character, quality materials, and existing fabric to create spaces that adapt to people's needs.
  9. 9. The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America’s historic places. Preservation Tips & Tools helps others do the same in their own communities. For more information, visit Michigan State Historic Preservation Office/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; NCinDC/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0; Michigan State Historic Preservation Office/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; LearnFrom.BuildMore./Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0; The City Project/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0; NCinDC/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0; Michigan State Historic Preservation Office/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; SDOTP/Flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0.