Antedating of "Condominium" (Apartment)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Oct 28 00:00:13 UTC 2013

condominium (OED, 2., 1962)

1960 _N.Y. Times_ 3 Apr. R1 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  The ancient Roman Law of Condominium may be invoked to provide more urban housing in the United States.  The law, established in the sixth century, B. C., provided for joint sovereignty, or joint ownership of property.  The National Housing Conference, an organization of builders and developers in Washington, will request "condominiums" in an omnibus housing program to be presented to Congress, probably in May.  The conference will ask for mortgage insurance from the Federal Housing Administration for housing built under the condominium plan, which is used in sections of Latin America, including Puerto Rico and, particularly, Brazil.

Fred Shapiro

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