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Did You Have A Sun Parlor In Your Bronx Home? Return to topicsPost to this topic

I grew up in a brick two-family house on Cruger Avenue that had sun parlors on each floor facing the front of the house. The house was brand new in 1924 when my grandparents moved into it. I have seen so many "look alike" two-family houses in many neighborhoods throughout The Bronx that apparently were also built during the 1920s during the same time frame as my house. There were also driveways with side entrances between the houses. Our sun parlor was used as my bedroom and, as a small child, I couldn`t have been happier because very often, since it faced east, I had all the morning sunshine to wake up to!

If you lived in a house similar to mine, do you have any memories of growing up with a sun parlor in your home? Where was it located? Any memories to share?

Sammy L. Schwartz

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A sun parlor? We were lucky to have wall-to-wall floors. And our 4th floor walk up Sherman Ave apartment had windows which faced west, so we could happily see the building right across the back alley, assuming the clotheslines weren't full of drying underwear and pajamas blocking our view.

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Thank you, Paul, for your "humorous" response! Except for the "sunny" sun parlor facing east on the top (2nd floor) of our semi-attached two-family house, all the other windows faced either north overlooking the driveway and our neighbor`s identical house, or west overlooking the elevated subway tracks of White Plains Road. There were no windows facing south because all the walls on that side were connected to the attached house next door. We never had much sunlight except for the sun parlor. Happy Thanksgiving!

Sammy

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No sun roof but we had a beach. TAR BEACH
Seasons greetings

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That's sunroom....

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Hi, Larry!

Our two-family brick house also had a "Tar Beach" on its very flat roof; however, since we had the sun parlor right underneath the roof, it was never necessary to go up there during hot summers because we had year round sunshine below! (LOL)

My best wishes to you and yours for a great holiday season!
Sammy

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TWO FAMILY HOUSE, BUILT IN L927, WITH SUN PARLOR; A COZY LITTE AREA, FACING NORTH, COMPLETE WITH ROCKING CHAIR, SOFA AND CLUB CHAIR. hELD OUR Christmas TREE EVERY YEAR.

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Hi, Mary!

Until I read your posting, I was beginning to think that I was the ONLY person on this board who lived in a two-family house with a sun parlor! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful sun parlor memory with us in which you give a complete description of what was inside that "cozy" room!

Wishing you and yours a very joyous holiday season!
Sammy

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Like Paul I could not resist a response. Yes We had one! We let our butler and maids use it when the weather was nice.

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Hi, Willie Mac!

Since the sun parlor "doubled" as my bedroom, my parents decided NOT to hire a butler and a maid because doing so would have made me VERY unhappy, as they would be intruding on my privacy! (LOL)

Happy Holidays....and thanks for the laugh!
Sammy

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Willie...You must have resided in the confines of the 33rd county.

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We had one but we called it a fire escape !

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Hi, Cookie!

How lucky you were to have a fire escape "doubling" as your sun parlor (LOL)! Since our two-floor, two-family house had NO fire escape, we would have had to JUMP from our second floor sun parlor to the street below. Thank goodness that never took place!

Season`s Greetings!
Sammy

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