Victorian Dwellings for Village and Country
by S. B. Reed

S. B. Reed: Victorian Dwellings for Village and Country (Dover Publications)

Unabridged Dover (1999) republication of Dwellings for Village and Country with General Descriptions and Detailed Estimates, published by O. Judd Co., New York, 1885. Preface. 149 illustrations. 128pp. 8.125 x 11 inches. Paperbound. ISBN 0-486-40299-1.

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In an effort to solicit business, American architects of the Victorian era frequently published catalogs of their residential designs. Specifying construction materials, anticipated costs, plumbing, heating and other fixtures, as well as such finishing details as painting and trim, these volumes offered a diversity of plans that embraced a wide range of styles and prices. This reprint of attractive designs for village and country homes — originally published in 1885 by architect S. B. Reed — is one such archive.

Included are floor plans and elevations for 35 different residences ranging from the modestly charming “Asbury,” a one-story seaside summer cottage priced at just $700, and the “Islip,” a stylish “cottage” with verandas and balconies, listed at $4,500, to the magnificent “Arlington,” a five-story villa with over 15 rooms, a furnace, water, gas, bells, and “speaking tubes.” Cost: $10,000! Additional dwellings shown here include the “Altoona,” a five-room cottage with built-in closets ($1,100); the “Hartford,” a seven-room house for $2,200; the “Greenport,” a commodious home, complete with modern improvements ($5,000), and more. General descriptions and construction suggestions accompany each plan, along with estimated prices.

Meticulously reproduced from an extremely rare edition, this volume will be indispensable to students of architecture, home preservationists and restorers, and anyone intrigued by social and economic aspects of American life during the late Victorian era.

Cover design by Jeff A. Menges.

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