Apartment Houses

A building, often multi-story, containing more than one residential apartment.

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apartment building
apartment buildings
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apartment blocks
blocks of flats
houses, apartment
flatgebouwen Dutch
flatgebouw Dutch
appartementengebouwen Dutch
casa de apartamentos Spanish
casas de apartamentos Spanish
bloque de galerías Spanish

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Buildings, often multiple-story, containing more than one dwelling unit, most of which are designed for domestic use but sometimes including shops and other nonresidential features. Apartment houses have been in use since ancient times, notable examples having been known in ancient Rome and among ancient Native Americans. The apartment house as known today first appeared in Paris and other large European cities in the 18th century, when tall blocks of apartments for middle-class tenants became common.

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  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300005707. The J. Paul Getty Trust.