Unabridged Dover (1997) republication of the work published by the Radford Architectural Company, Chicago, 1908, 208 floor plans, 208 elevations. Index. 224pp. 8.375 x 11.25. Paperbound. ISBN 0-486-29678-4.
Around the turn of the century, bungalows were all the rage in America. Their coziness, warmth and individuality appealed to would-be homeowners looking for an affordable alternative to the conventional high-priced housing of the day. The Radford Architectural Co. of Chicago specialized in providing low-cost architect-designed plans for a wide variety of homes. This book is an exact reprint of their rare 1908 catalog featuring over 200 bungalow designs.
Designed by professional architects specializing in low- and medium-priced homes, the plans emphasized originality, economy, versatility and attractiveness. Shown here are an artist's rendering of each complete dwelling, along with overall dimensions and floor plans (including interior measurements). Also included is a description of the blueprints, elevations and other materials provided to homeowners and builders ordering these plans, as well as the price of the plans themselves.
Most of the bungalows built in American (many now sadly gone, victims of urban sprawl, tract housing, shopping malls and other forces) were build by builders using catalogs like this one.That makes this inexpensive reproduction of a widely used contemporary catalog an indispensable resource for architects, historians, restorationists, preservationists, and any lover of the time-honored appeal embodied in the bungalow.Cover design by Teresa Delgado.
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