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"The study of history requires investigation, imagination, empathy, and respect. Reverence just doesn't enter into it." ~ Jill Lepore
Want some new plans to look at? I'm posting a few of the plans shown in the 1916 Ladies Home Journal Journal Bungalows collection. And if all you want is Christmas eye candy, I'll be posting some of my collection of 1920s December magazine covers. You can help sponsor our efforts!
If every reader contributed just $3 in the next month, we could scan and publish what we have for a whole year, hire another person, acquire more new material, and do what we love most … research your questions and publish the answers! (Read more about our plans ...)
Thanks! ~Rikki Nyman, Editor
NEW! Check out the first few plans of the Ladies Home Journal Journal Bungalows collection from 1916.
Of the many plan books published during the first couple decades of the 20th century, many were generated in and around Chicago, but the Pacific Northwest, especially Seattle and Portland, published a fair number. Given the amount of raw material being harvested from the forests of the West, it really isn't surprising that architects like Victor Voorhees or Edward L. Merritt for Yoho & Merritt designed a fair number of the plans seen around the Seattle area, as well as outlying areas.
The plans ranged from the over-the-top classical revival style homes for the Emerald City's upper-middle class to tiny little bungalows for the average Joe.
Here are a few of our favorites:
The Juanita - 1924 Stetson & Post - A sweet tiny house for a single person or couple.
The Vashon - 1924 Stetson & Post - A basic bungalow with wonderful sleeping porch. It would be fun to build and improve though!
Design 75 - Western Home Builder - Slice of wedding cake, anyone? Classical Revival style with so much ornamentation, it's totally cool. Just for fun, count the number of different window styles.
Design No. 5-1051 - Hewitt Lea Funck - Single-story bungalow with an unusual floor plan.
Now that the weather is changing for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, some of us will enjoy thinking about updates for different rooms in our homes ... or just fantasizing. Want a new paint kitchen paint scheme? Take your inspiration from our twoKitchen Galleries. We've collected hundreds of illustrations from the 1920s and 30s in particular that are not only beautiful, buyt continue to provide historical accuracy in kitchen remodeling and restoration.
Unheralded and self-published in July 2013, Finnish Log Construction—The Art, is a small 105-page book that contains the collected knowledge and wisdom of long-time preservationist, Frank Eld of Long Valley, Idaho. It's a paperback book with dozens of color pictures, descriptive illustrations, and history of the art and craftsmanship of Finnish log house architecture. We were doing some research on a local log house, never suspecting its deep historical foundation in both Scandinavian and American history.
It's a handcrafted book with heart and love for these old houses on every page. We love it and think you might find it interesting, too! More ...
One home style that was always on the radar and continues to be popular with a small group of home builders is the rustic style, most frequently expressed now as a log home. From 1900 to 1960, rustic, artistic, small houses were built at the beach and in the mountains as getaways and summer homes. More ...
New images are going up this month from Henry Atterbury Smith's The Books of a Thousand Homes. Plans are taken from Volume 1 - 500 Small House Plans, but it's important to note that a second volume, while planned, was never produced. The plans range from very small houses of just three rooms to rather grander than average homes of five to seven rooms. The English, bungalow, and colonial styles are particularly well represented.
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