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4.0 out of 5 stars Houses big, houses small
From a tiny four-room hip-roofed cottage (the second plan) to comfortable seven- and eight-room middle-class houses to a sprawling ten-room mansion with space for a boys' dorm in the attic, this Dover reprint carries out the usual quality of its line and provides a good look at a wide sample of houses from the mid-1870's. Each plan includes a floorplan, an elevation...
Published on January 28, 2010 by Chrijeff

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3.0 out of 5 stars Scrutinized paperbacks
Architects and house designers who need old plans probably know what can be found inside these kind of cheaper booklets. The details inside are "exact enough" to foster imagination The drawing forms are descriptive also for laymen, who might get some sophisticated ideas from the paste for some personal new building. For reconstructions the best guidance might still be in...
Published on April 5, 2008 by T. Kallinen


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4.0 out of 5 stars Houses big, houses small, January 28, 2010
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This review is from: Victorian Wooden and Brick Houses with Details (Dover Architecture) (Paperback)
From a tiny four-room hip-roofed cottage (the second plan) to comfortable seven- and eight-room middle-class houses to a sprawling ten-room mansion with space for a boys' dorm in the attic, this Dover reprint carries out the usual quality of its line and provides a good look at a wide sample of houses from the mid-1870's. Each plan includes a floorplan, an elevation sketch (sometimes more than one), and often builder's specs and/or some decorative details. You may occasionally need a magnifying glass (which is the main reason I only give it four stars), and you will definitely want a ruler if you're trying to get an accurate idea of scale and size, but if you enjoy getting a feel for the kinds of homes in which our Victorian ancestors lived, this volume definitely belongs on your shelves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Victorian Delight, June 9, 2008
This review is from: Victorian Wooden and Brick Houses with Details (Dover Architecture) (Paperback)
This is a fine collection of historical Victorian homes. They are classic draftsman's drawings of what must have been wonderful, and pretty homes to live in. This book is finely illustrated and a joy to study.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as the publisher describes it, March 23, 2014
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Anyone interested in American architecture of the mid to late 19th century should have this book. The large number of designs for urban buildings is rare and particularly welcome.

That said, the publisher's description - "Featured buildings include ... churches, schools, banks, and many other structures" - is inaccurate. There are some facade and detail drawings for storefronts, but all the other designs are for single-family homes.

It should also be noted that just about all of the architects represented here practiced in New York or New England. The book was originally published just three years after the great Chicago fire, from which the city bounced back very quickly and which changed it from wood to bricks. I was hoping to see some contributions from Chicago architects, but maybe that's too much to hope for from a book published in New York! ;-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly detailed, February 18, 2014
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Informative plans and drawings with description of ornamental features and spaces. Beautiful hand drafted perspectives, elevations, sections, and plans. Its inspiring.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scrutinized paperbacks, April 5, 2008
This review is from: Victorian Wooden and Brick Houses with Details (Dover Architecture) (Paperback)
Architects and house designers who need old plans probably know what can be found inside these kind of cheaper booklets. The details inside are "exact enough" to foster imagination The drawing forms are descriptive also for laymen, who might get some sophisticated ideas from the paste for some personal new building. For reconstructions the best guidance might still be in the original drawings of the house, not in a series of these old-timer publications.

As a historical document or architectural handbook this book can neither be taken. I recommend it as an illustrative inexpensive introduction to Victorian building tradition.

A special hint finally: the reviewer used this (and other similar books) as model catalogues in 2D-drawing exercises, when teaching (AutoCad) in some technical institutions.
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Victorian Wooden and Brick Houses with Details (Dover Architecture)
Victorian Wooden and Brick Houses with Details (Dover Architecture) by A. J. Bicknell (Paperback - November 17, 2006)
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