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Small Brick Houses of the Twenties

Small Brick Houses of the Twenties

by Ralph P. Stoddard

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Once affordable only among the wealthy, brick homes became more easily available to the average American in the early years of the twentieth century. This book, originally published in 1920 by a member of The Common Brick Manufacturers' Association, served as a practical guide for prospective homeowners from working class families. Many soon found that attractive,


Once affordable only among the wealthy, brick homes became more easily available to the average American in the early years of the twentieth century. This book, originally published in 1920 by a member of The Common Brick Manufacturers' Association, served as a practical guide for prospective homeowners from working class families. Many soon found that attractive, durable, and comfortable homes--made from nature's own building material--were easily within their financial reach.
Thirty-five sets of floor plans, elevations, and specifications in this excellent reproduction of that now-rare volume depict a wide variety of brick houses, bungalows, cottages, garages, and multi-dwelling buildings--from the four-bedroom Pocatello to the handsome Saratoga, featuring a wraparound porch and two bathrooms.
This practical guide will appeal to anyone wanting to buy or renovate an existing home of the period. It will also serve as a how-to manual for all desiring to build their own homes today with authentic materials and techniques. For those who love fine, old buildings, Small Brick Houses of the Twenties offers a charming view of American homes from that era.

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Small Brick Houses of the Twenties

By Ralph P. Stoddard

Dover Publications, Inc.

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ISBN: 978-0-486-14908-0



Design No. 39

THE character of the owner is almost unfailingly reflected in the type of house he selects as his home. The Unadilla expresses the delicate refinement of the Colonial style and reminds one of those comfortable-looking yet dignified old brick homes of the Eastern States. Solidity and permanence associate themselves naturally with the house of brick and such a house will be a source of pride not only to the original owner but to several generations of those who come after him.

The house is entered through an interesting Colonial doorway opening into the entrance hall which is thirteen feet by nine feet. A formal Colonial stair leads from this hall. Under the stair is a closet for coats and rubbers.

The living room, entered through a cased opening, is a splendid room fifteen feet wide by twenty-five feet long with a living porch fourteen feet six inches by eleven feet. The dining room faces the rear lawn or garden.

There is a well-designed serving pantry between the dining room and the kitchen. This contains a sink and numerous cupboards, and an icebox which is iced from the entry. The kitchen is placed in the front of the house. Many people have found that this arrangement makes it easier to keep servants.

The bedrooms are all of splendid size, exceptionally well equipped with closets. In the larger rooms these closets are designed to have double doors, the very latest idea of efficiency is closet designing. Mirrors might be arranged on these doors. The principal bedroom is twenty feet three inches by twelve feet, with a sleeping porch thirteen feet six inches by ten feet six inches, opening from it.

The bathroom is well laid out, and adjoining it in the hall is a large linen closet.


Design No. 10

THIS design is a splendid one for those wishing a permanent, upkeepless, yet economical home. Its appearance denotes taste and refinement, and the material—solid brick—of which the house is built, is not only beautiful but indicates an owner who knows the meaning of true economy.

The total dimensions of the Oneida are twenty-eight feet wide by thirty-one feet deep. It can be placed on a corner lot if desired. The rooms are admirably arranged and larger than the average. The living room is twenty-two feet six inches by twelve feet six inches, and the dining room is sixteen feet by thirteen feet. The porch is extra large and roomy and, being placed well away from the entrance, there need be no unwelcome interruptions when entertaining. We enter the house through a vestibule. On each side of this are large closets for coats, hats, etc. The living room is most attractive. It is large, sunny and cheerful, and two groups of French windows open directly on the large porch. The brick fireplace, too, adds to the appearance of the room. The main stair leads directly from the living room and is detailed to present a most artistic appearance.

The kitchen, thirteen feet by nine feet six inches, has all the modern conveniences. There is a convenient storage closet just outside the door. The rear stairway leads down to the grade entrance at the side.

Upstairs there are three large bedrooms and a sleeping porch. Every bedroom has cross ventilation; and all the rooms, including the sleeping porch, have large closets. The sleeping porch has very large windows on two sides. These windows, however, are double hung and can be closed tightly whenever desired to use it as an ordinary bedroom.


Design No. 15

FOR a house suggesting an owner of taste and judgment, and yet which is economical in design, this attractive home will be hard to equal. A man's standing in the community may be gauged as much by the style of his house as by the cut of his coat. In building of solid brick he shows that he is up-to-date by selecting the material that looks well and wears forever, without ever needing to have money spent for painting its surface. Not only the outside walls, but the main bearing partitions of the Mohawk are built of solid brick.

The house is only twenty-six feet wide by thirty feet deep, with an additional ten feet of depth for the front porch. The porch is remarkably roomy, being nine feet three inches wide and twenty-four feet six inches long.

Entering the house through the vestibule we find ourselves in a large living room, nineteen feet four inches long and twelve feet eight inches wide, with a fireplace of interesting design at one end and an open stairway at the other.

The dining room is twelve feet eight inches by fourteen feet eight inches, a cheerful, sunny room with two high windows over the side on which the sideboard will stand and two large windows in the rear. The kitchen is ten feet eight inches by ten feet ten inches, well lighted by two windows. The refrigerator can be iced directly from the outside.

Notice also the handy closet between the living room and the kitchen. A few steps down is the side entrance with the stair continuing down to the basement.

Every bedroom has a good sized closet. In every room the windows are placed near the corners, giving cross ventilation and leaving ample wall space for placing the furniture.


Design No. 5

THIS beautiful home, modern throughout, will always be a source of pride to its owner. Brick construction always gives an air of distinction to any house. This is not only a surface superiority. A solid brick house has many other advantages which go with the use of a high grade material. Solid brick lasts at least three times as long as an ordinary house, insurance rates are lower, it never requires painting, and the yearly coal bill is much less. Solid brick is the best possible insulation against heat, cold, and dampness.

This house could be placed on an ordinary or a corner lot. It is twenty-nine feet square exclusive of the rear porch. The front porch, six feet wide by thirteen feet long, is but one step above grade and is not only thoroughly practical but an artistic feature of the house. The living room is very roomy, well lighted and has a fireplace at the end.

A cased opening leads into a dining room thirteen feet six inches square also lighted from two sides. The rear porch, twelve feet by nine feet six inches, can also be used as a dining porch upon occasion. It is very convenient to the kitchen and dining room. A package receiver is placed in the outside wall of the kitchen.

The second floor contains three bedrooms, the bathroom and a screened sleeping porch. Two of the bedrooms have cross ventilation. The closets are all large.

The principal bedroom is eleven feet six inches by thirteen feet six inches with two closets and a cozy window seat. The next largest bedroom is ten feet by thirteen feet six inches. This room has a large closet with a window. The sleeping porch, twelve feet by nine feet six inches, has a convenient closet just inside of the house, protected from the weather. There is also a convenient linen closet in the hall.


Design No. 9

DESIGNED along the lines of the English type of house this solid brick home expresses good proportion, dignity and refinement. The house is twenty-four feet six inches wide by thirty-five feet deep. It would suit either a corner or an inside lot.

The living room, dining room and hall make together practically one large room. Upstairs are three large bedrooms and a most attractive sleeping porch.


Design No. 26

THE fortunate people who own the Tacoma will always be glad they built of solid brick. They will be reminded of its advantages every time they hear of a less fortunate neighbor having to raise three or four hundred dollars in a lump to paint the outside of his house.

The Tacoma is but twenty-five feet wide by twenty-six feet deep, exclusive of porches. There is a splendid porch convenient to the kitchen on which meals may be served during the hot weather, and a screened sleeping porch above. There is also a handy clothes chute.


Design No. 1

WITH pure white window sash and outside blinds, painted olive green, set against the brick the Seneca is a home which anyone might well be proud to own. It looks equally well on a city or surburban lot, or out in the country.

The Seneca is designed to bring out the beauty of the brick of which it is built. A wall built of common brick always possesses slight irregularities in surface and color, giving it a rich, interesting texture full of life and animation.

The house could be placed on a fairly narrow lot, the living and dining rooms and the bedrooms above being lighted from two sides. One side of the house could for that reason be fairly close to the lot line. The outside dimensions are twenty-six feet two inches wide by twenty-five feet eight inches deep.

Every feature of the Seneca has been studied to obtain an economical yet attractive design. There are no breaks in the outside walls, and the plan is almost square; the roof is of the simplest type; all the flues are in one chimney; and the porch is designed so that while large enough to seat several people no space is wasted.

Both the living and dining rooms are cheerful, sunny rooms. The living room is fourteen feet by twelve feet, and the dining room twelve feet by eleven feet eight inches. The arrangement of kitchen, pantry and storage room is most convenient. The pantry is placed so that it shuts out the odors of cooking from the rest of the house, and affords welcome privacy where a maid is kept. The cellar stairs and rear porch are but a step away from the kitchen and the front door can be answered without going through the living rooms.

The bedrooms are all of good size, each having two windows and cross ventilation and each having an extra large closet. There is also a convenient linen closet.


Design No. 4

THIS house is specially designed for a narrow lot or for those who, having a wider lot, appreciate having a good garden or lawn at the side. It will attract favorable attention in any group of more expensive houses.

The dimensions of the main part of the house are only eighteen feet wide by thirty-four feet six inches deep. The living room is placed across the front of the house. The entrance to the house is at the side, thus leaving a large room in front, sixteen feet two inches by eleven feet ten inches, well lighted by windows on three sides and with lots of wall space against which furniture may be placed. It opens on a long porch of ample width. This porch is enclosed. Children can be put out there to play without any danger of wandering off into the street.

The dining room, opening from the living room through a wide cased opening, is a good sized room, eleven feet ten inches by eleven feet, which will, in reality, look much larger because of the bay window. A built-in sideboard is another attractive feature of this room.

The kitchen is large and well laid out. Behind the range the brickwork is allowed to show right up to the ceiling, providing a wall that never has to be cleaned or decorated and that is safe from fire.

Upstairs are three large bedrooms each with a closet, a bathroom and a separate linen closet in the hall. The front bedroom is a splendid room, sixteen feet two inches by nine feet ten inches, with four windows the room being lighted from three sides.

Altogether this is a house which is comfortable to live in and of which any family may well be proud. Being of solid brick walls, it is also economical to build and maintain and is always comfortable and dry.


Design No. 29

FOR the most interesting and artistic effects in the characteristic Californian style the architects of the west have found that brick has no superior. In that state the use especially of common "clinker" brick has become extremely popular. Brick not only adds to the appearance of a house but adds to its solid worth. The Yosemite with its large rooms, rear porch, large enough for a dining porch, and screened sleeping porch above, is a popular plan.


Design No. 27

THIS small but cozy home is planned to fit a narrow lot. Considering its width—only sixteen feet—the size of the rooms is quite remarkable. The living room is eleven feet three by twelve feet, and the dining room is fourteen feet four by ten feet. Every room is well lighted and has good wall space for furniture.

The kitchen, too, is very roomy but of all the comforts of this little home the breakfast nook will commend itself to any woman who has had experience with one. Finished in white enamel there is a built-in, removable table and two benches big enough to seat four people comfortably. It makes a cozy place for breakfast and for Sunday night suppers. It is always nice and warm on frosty mornings and saves time setting and clearing the dining room table.

Upstairs are two bedrooms and a sleeping porch. The latter has double hung windows so that in cold weather it becomes a regular bedroom by simply closing the windows.


Design No. 111

IN building a house no one, especially the man of limited means, can afford to overlook the great saving and many advantages which come with the use of solid brick. Such a man cannot afford to build of any material which has a high upkeep cost. With solid brick there is no upkeep cost whatever. There is no painting or repairing of the brickwork itself. In building this house of solid brick the owner will have a real asset instead of a liability.

The total size of this house is but twenty-four feet by thirty-two feet, exclusive of porches. It is laid out to suit the needs of a family of moderate size. The porches are both roomy, the front porch being eight feet wide by fourteen feet long, and the rear porch seven feet wide by ten feet six inches—large enough to be used as a dining porch.

The entrance to the house is through a vestibule into a stair hall in which there is a coat closet handy to the front door. The living room is twelve feet six inches wide by sixteen feet long, lighted from two sides. The cased opening forming the entrance to the dining room, together with the fireplace and the built-in book case, make a very artistic and distinctive treatment of the end of the room. There is ample wall space for furniture also in this room.

The dining room is twelve feet six inches by thirteen feet, and is a well-lighted, cheerful room with two groups of double windows. The kitchen is thoroughly modern with built-in cupboards and the counter underneath the windows forms a convenient work table.

There are four large bedrooms each eleven feet wide. Every bedroom has cross ventilation and every room has an exceptionally good-sized closet. The sleeping porch is seven feet by ten feet six inches.


Design No. 120

COMFORT, warmth and hospitality are associated with any well designed house built of local common brick. Such a house will seldom fail to harmonize with the natural scenery and will blend into the landscape in the same manner as those charming old brick buildings found in the eastern part of the United States and in the older countries of the world.

Such a house—permanent and beautiful—is not necessarily expensive. A simple artistic treatment of the local brick—even though it may look rough when piled in a heap—is all that is required to produce surprisingly beautiful results. The color and texture of brick varies in each locality and the peculiarities of each kind fit it particularly for use in the district in which it is made.

This house is adapted from a design that is popular in many sections. It has surprisingly ample accommodations, considering its outside dimensions.

In plan the first floor is a compromise between the combination living and dining room and the regulation two-room plan. The dining room appears as an "L" or alcove off the large living room and by proper arrangement of furniture affords suitable seclusion to the portion used as a dining room.

The entrance to the house is at the side, the door opening into a vestibule containing a handy coat closet.

Upstairs are two large and one small bedroom. The principal room is fifteen feet six inches by thirteen feet with large windows and cross ventilation. Beside it is a bedroom thirteen feet by ten feet six inches also with cross ventilation. The smaller room is ten feet three inches by seven feet six inches. Every bedroom has an ample closet. There is a linen closet conveniently placed in the hall.


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