Taken from Scientific American, Building Edition. july 1895.

Photo of house

Photo #2 of house

floor 1 plan

floor 2 plan


The engravings and floor plans on pages 9 and 10 present a Colonial house which has been erected for Messrs. J. D. and W. H. McKnight, at Springfield, Mass.

The design shows many pleasing bits of detail, while the floor plans present a most excellent interior arrangement, handsomely finished, and furnished with the best modern improvements. It has a foundation of stone, with an underpinning of brick. The building above, of wood, is covered on the exterior with matched sheathing and shingles, and is painted a slate color, with white trimmings. Roof shingled.

Dimensions: Front, 32 ft.; side, / 41 ft. 6 in., not including piazza and porch. Height of ceilings: Cellar, 7 ft.; first story, 9 ft.; second, 8ft. 6 in.; third, 8 ft.

Vestibule is paneled with oak, and provided with a tiled floor, and hall is trimmed with quartered oak. It has a paneled wainscoting, a nook containing a paneled divan, with bookcases built in on either side, an open fireplace built of Tiffany brick and furnished with a tiled hearth, and a hardwood mantel with columns and mirror, and staircase. This staircase is furnished with columns extending to ceiling, between which are placed carved brackets, forming an arcaded effect.

The second landing is provided with a bay window, thrown out, and glazed with small panes of glass. Parlor and dining room are trimmed with sycamore, the former having an open fireplace with tiled trimmings and mantel, while the latter has a hardwood floor and buffet china cabinets built in on either side of bay window. Kitchen and pantries are trimmed and wainscoted with yellow pine, and finished natural. These apartments contain all the necessary fixtures of the best improvement.

Second floor is trimmed with ash, and it contains four bedrooms and bathroom, and the third floor contains three bedrooms and trunk room. Bathroom is wainscoted and provided with the usual fixtures. Cemented cellar contains furnace, laundry, and other necessary apartments.

Cost $6,000 complete. Mr. G. Wood Taylor, architect, Boston, Mass.

Our engravings presented herewith are made direct from photographs of the building, taken specially for the SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN.

Note: This house is at 70 Firglade Ave.