—The Architecture Puzzler
Created by Dave Guadagni
Solution to Last Week's Puzzler
Architecture Puzzler #580
When early American townships were being developed, it was common to offer lots of various lengths along street frontages. Depending on a person’s inclinations or financial strength they might purchase a lot of 1, 2, 3, or 4 rods wide. How wide is a 4-rod lot?
A four-rod-wide lot is 66 feet (20 meters) wide. A rod is 5-1/2 yards or 16.5 feet (5 meters).
Dave Guadagni, AIA, is an architect with Robertson/Sherwood/Architects
Quizzical Pursuit is Copyright 2013, Dave Guadagni.
These residential lots in historic Danville, Pennsylvania might have been measured in this way.
Photo: Doug Kerr