After a day’s rubbing up against the world there is nothing more soothing than the atmosphere confined within the four walls constituting home, providing it be all that term replies. Tesselated floors, beamed ceilings, leaded windows, expensive fabrics, rare canvases, first editions, imported bronzes-none of these are necessary to thisContinue Reading

A Gothic cottage houseplan from the Godey’s Ladies Book for the year 1860. The houseplan is “From original design of Samuel Sloan, Architect, Philadelphia”.

  “The design here shown was planned for and built by a banker in Ohio. It is somewhat on the colonial order, as carried out by both the front and side porch and the interior treatment as well, with columned openings dividing the hall and parlor. A very charming featureContinue Reading

“WHEN we do mean to build a domicil, We first survey the plot, then draw the model; And when we see the figure of the house, We then compute the cost of the erection, Which, if we find outweighs ability, What do we then but draw again the model ?”Continue Reading