Dover (1993) unabridged republication of Bennett Homes: Better-Built Ready-Cut, Catalog No. 18, published by Ray H. Bennett Lumber Co., Inc., North Tonawanda, New York, 1920. 104 photographs. 113 line illustrations. Price List. 80pp. 8.375 x 11.25. Paperbound. ISBN: 0-486-27809-3.
In the years following World War I, the typical American family's hopes of owning a home inspired building-supply companies to offer potential buyers attractive, affordable home designs. Along with the plans, they sold — through company catalogs — the millwork, hardware, paints and interior and exterior appointments to turn the designs into dream homes.
This volume is a reprint of one such catalog, published by he Bennett Lumber Co. of North Tonawanda, New York, in 1920. In it are designs for 56 family dwellings, ranging from the graceful eight-room Potomac colonial and the six-room New Hartford bungalow to simple but sturdy four-room summer cottages. All are shown in photographs and floor plans with complete specifications. Here, too, are examples of double- and single-car garages (with model names signifying such automotive aspirations as “Cadillac,” “Hudson” and “Buick”), as well as plumbing and lighting fixtures, furnaces, kitchen and medicine cabinets, French doors and stairways typical of the period.
Architectural and social historians, old house restorers and preservationists, as well as Americana enthusiasts, will find this rare sourcebook on post - World War I domestic architecture an invaluable reference.
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