Unabridged and unaltered Dover (1987) republication of Small Homes of Architectural Distinction, published by Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, 1929. 520 black-and-white line drawings. 311 halftones. Introduction. Index. vii + 278pp. 9x12. Paperbound. ISBN 0-486-25406-2.
The dream of owning a private home became a reality for many Americans in the prosperous years immediately following World War I. But while an abundance of labor and materials facilitated the boom in construction, not all prospective homeowners could easily afford the services of an architect. To help meet those needs, the nonprofit Architects' Small House Service Bureau was organized in the 1920s to provide plans and other technical documents that would at least start builders of small homes on the right track. With its membership gathered from around the United States, the Burea operated under the control of The American Institute of Architects and with the endorsement of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
A book of housing plans created by the Service was a direct result of efforts to aid potential homeowners. Each of the designs in the publication was carefully worked out, planned for convenience, constructed for strength and modeled for beauty. The present volume is a complete republication of that rare edition, containing floor plans, construction materials and drawings or photographs for a wide variety of small homes. Models range from charming five-room English cottages of brick and stucco to attractive two-story shingled Colonials with six rooms, fireplace, French doors and a generous attic. Clearly written descriptions of interiors and exteriors complement detailed plans for each of the 254 homes listed. Remarkable for their generous room sizes, well-lighted rooms, ample closet space, basements and large eat-in kitchens, many of these distinctive and appealing models also display sun rooms, fireplaces, open porches and second-story “sleeping porches.”
Richly illustrated with over 800 black-and-wite line drawings and photographs, this attractive, modestly priced edition will appeal not only to builders and restorers of older houses, but also to professional architects, students and anyone interested in distinctively American homes of the early 20th century.
Cover design by Paul E. Kennedy.
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