Christian Colonnade Houses
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Total Square Feet 110

The Main Room

Colonnade HouseAlthough Greek houses were typically small and of a standard layout, "Roman Domus houses" included many large colonnade houses together with extensive gardens. Professor Andrew Wallace-Hydrill analyzed three different blocks of houses in Pompeii and Herculaneum (a total of 234 houses) dating from 79 AD, the year of the eruption of Vesuvius. He then described four different types of houses varying from 900 to 9,000 square feet or even larger. Apparently, no architectural format was standard.✞

Typical Layout Types

Colonnade Walkway

Survey of Homes

A Colonnade HouseWe are told that of the 254 houses surveyed, fifty eight were type 4, with between 3,100 and 27,000 total square feet, which would be very expensive and luxurious even by today's standards. 57 houses in the sample were type 3, the "average" size in these two cities was between 1500 and 3,105 total square feet, which was about the size of a large modern North American detached family home today.✞

"Christian Colonnade Houses"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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