Dover (2002) selection of plates from the fourth edition of the 1929 Home Builders Catalog, originally published by National Trade Journals, Inc., Chicago, 1929. Approximately 370 black-and-white illustrations. 128pp. 9 x 12 inches. Paperbound. ISBN-10: 0-486-42331-X. ISBN-13: 978-0-486-42331-9.
An annual publication intended to serve as a reference work for building contractors, building supply dealers, architects, and homeowners, the
offered a beautifully illustrated look at a variety of homes. In addition to pictures of actual residences and detailed floor plans, the catalog specifies construction materials and anticipated costs. Designed for budgets ranging from $3,500 to $15,000, these small houses were meant, as the publisher simply states, “not for millionaires, but for the multitude — for that great mass of people who are the lifeblood of the nation.”
Photographs and plans depict a two-story thatch-roof residence that contains such conveniences as a dubwaiter, clothes chute, and dining nook; a lovely home with heavy shutters, iron porch railings, built-in bookcases, and other desirable features; an Old English-style home of face brick and shingled roof, with distinctive entrance and chimney designs; and other charming structures.
Painstakingly reproduced from a rare edition, 124 Distinctive House Designs and Floor Plans provides old-house restorers, preservationists, and lovers of architecture from the 1920s an authentic view of American homes from that era.
Cover design by Jeff A. Menges.
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