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Q: Apartment Types ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Apartment Types
Category: Family and Home > Home
Asked by: tommymac-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 23 May 2006 11:01 PDT
Expires: 22 Jun 2006 11:01 PDT
Question ID: 731723
What is a "Romeo Flat" apartment? Is it a specific layout or floorplan?
Subject: Re: Apartment Types
Answered By: scriptor-ga on 23 May 2006 11:24 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Dear tommymac,

"Romero Flat" is a name used, in allusion to Shakespeare's 'Romeo and
Juliet' and the famous balcony scene in that play, locally in San
Francisco for certain residential buildings due to a characteristic
architectural feature:

"A characteristic San Francisco residential building type (...) exists
in significant numbers in the survey area. These are two- or
three-story buildings with two bays of flats seperated vertically by a
central stair, which may be enclosed, with windows at the landings, or
open to the outside. The ones with an open stairway are locally known
as 'Romero Flats', because the balcony landings between the floors
overlook the street, evoking the romantic image of Verona's young

Hope this answers your question!

Hertitage News, published by San Francisco Architectural Heritage,
issue Nov./Dec. 2002, Vol. XXX, No. 6, page 5 (PDF file)

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"romeo flat" architecture
tommymac-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Good to know - it is Romeo flats, though, and not Romero, right?

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