Unabridged Dover (1994) republication of the edition published by The American News Company, New York, 1874. 63 black-and-white plates of architectural designs. Introductory text and specifications. 96pp. 8.375 x 12.25 inches. Paperbound. ISBN 0-486-28065-9.
Victorian fondness for high-ceilinged rooms and elaborately detailed roofs, porches and bay windows is evident everywhere in this handsome collection of mid-Victorian American home designs, reprinted from an extremely rare catalog published in 1874.p>Architect E.C. Hussey subtitled his collection “Homes for Every One, Chiefly Low-Priced buildings for Towns, Suburbs, and Country,” but the homes he created, by modern standards, are certainly not low-budget. They are spacious, comfortable and ornate, most with floor plans revealing ample parlors, dining rooms, kitchens and bedrooms. Some models even include spiral staircases, libraries, indoor bathrooms, attics and basements.
This book is noteworthy not only for the handsomeness of its 63 plates of 27 designs, but also for the elegant quality of the perspective and elevation drawings showing front, rear and side views. Exterior plans, finely rendered, display highly detailed drawings for ornamental cornices, brackets, columns and dormers.
Of great interest to students and enthusiasts of Victorian domestic architecture, this volume will also be prized by preservationists and home restorers.
Cover design by Frank J. Moore.
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