Unabridged Dover (2000) republication of The Radford Ideal Homes: 100 House Plans (11th edition), by the Radford Architectural Company, Chicago, 1909. 104 halftones. 106 floor plans. 112 pp. 8.5 x 11. Paperbound. ISBN 0-486-41251-2.
At the turn of the century, prospective home buyers in search of building plans for attractive, economical homes often turned to plans published by the Radford Architectural Company of Chicago. Readers could select from a wide array of designs — from simple three-room bungalows to elaborate 10- and 12-room structures with sitting rooms, libraries, parlors, and wraparound porches.
This volume reprints the company's rare 1909 catalog of designs for more than 100 comfortable, “up-to-date” dwellings, among them a one-bedroom house costing approximately $900.00, and a private residence, priced at $2,500, that had among its comforts four bedrooms, a bath, and a reception room. The book also includes plans for two churches, a stable, a warehouse, and a store with living quarters on the second floor. An artist's representation of each house is provided. Accompanying captions cite dimensions and building costs for all structures.
An affordable archive of authentic designs, this volume will appeal to a wide range of readers. Restorers of old houses, preservationists, and students of American architectural history will find it an indispensable archive of plans, details, and measurements; present-day homeowners will delight in perusing a book that may include an image of their home or of other residences in the neighborhood.Cover design by Jeff A. Menges
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