Object No. 40: Machanics Row grille work

Along a stretch of West Third Street is a group of row houses which bear a striking resemblance to those found in New Orleans' French Quarter.

Welcome to Mechanics Row, built in the 1840s by John Armstrong, and so named for the skilled workers and craftsmen who once lived there. The original Mechanics Row was located at the corner of W. third and Wall streets. After only two of the seven original homes remained, the name was moved to the present group.

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The Federal style homes feature eyebrow windows on the top floors and descending paraphets. The iron balconies and grille work, along with iron fences most refllect the New Orleans influence. It was an influence brought upon by the river traffic that flowed up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.

The district was also once known as "Tub Row" for all the colorful containers of flowers which appeared on porches each spring.

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