101 Classic Homes of the Twenties: Floor Plans and Photographsby Harris, McHenry & Baker Co., Harris
Originally published in 1925 by the Harris, McHenry & Baker Company of Elmira, New York, this authentic plan book advertises 101 "modern homes," selected from several thousand submitted designs. Chosen for aesthetic appeal as well as utility of arrangement and economy of construction, the houses encompass a truly impressive array of sizes and styles. Now this
Originally published in 1925 by the Harris, McHenry & Baker Company of Elmira, New York, this authentic plan book advertises 101 "modern homes," selected from several thousand submitted designs. Chosen for aesthetic appeal as well as utility of arrangement and economy of construction, the houses encompass a truly impressive array of sizes and styles. Now this meticulous reproduction of the company's plan book offers modern readers a look back at these charming residential homes of the 1920s.
Detailed floor plans with measurements and an actual photograph of the completed dwelling accompany each model. Designs include "The Stratford," a Tudor-style brick-and-stucco home with a library and servants' quarters; "The Northcliff," a three-bedroom Dutch colonial with a sun parlor; "The Belvedere" and "The Strathmore," attractive two-family homes; and many others.
Invaluable for restoring residences remodeled in the past, this handy volume will be of particular interest to owners of houses built in the 1920s as well as to restorers and preservationists in search of authentic plans.
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This is a well done volume of commonly built and desirable home plans from the early to mid 20s. The designs and floorplans show a good bit of variability, but nothing especially innovative for the time. The pleasure comes from perusing the well done elevation illustrations and the beautifully drawn floorplans that are very clearly labeled, including room dimensions and general measurements. No need to get out the magnifying glass here! Another feature is the flowery prose that accompanies each plan, extolling the virtues of why a forthright, hard working, self sacrificing man should put forth the effort and make the necessary financial sacrifices to construct the marvelous home in question for his hardworking, self-effacing wife and happy, healthy, growing children they will have if they have a wonderful home to own, not rent, and to occupy just themselves, and not share the building or the grounds with anyone else. It's almost as entertaining to read those as it is to peruse all the designs and plans and imagine how you might take up residence, arrange your belongings, change kitchen and maybe bath layouts, and so forth. The misleading authorship comes directly from Dover itself. A common means of distribution of house plan books has always been by making them available locally through your building materials suppliers and lumberyards, either for free, for a small fee, depending on the size and complicated nature of the volume, or only to contractors and builders for their use in drumming up business with their own customers. When lumberyards and building materials dealers were the source, it was very common for the publisher to stamp or print the name of that business on the cover, usually at the bottom. This is the case with this book. Harris, McHenry and Baker, Co., is the name of a building materials suppler, I believe from Pennsylvania, and whose name was imprinted on the cover of the book that Dover Reprints chose to use for their reprint of this company's plan book. Standard Homes Company, which was located in Washington DC at the time of this volume ' production, is now located in North Carolina, still in business doing what they do best, and still being run by younger generations of the original founder. They of course have a website, and many of their postwar pamphlets and booklets can be found through various online vendors.