Taken from Scientific American, Building Edition. December 1896.

Photo of house

floor 1 plan

floor 2 plan


One of the engravings presented in this issue, on page 95, illustrates the residence recently erected for Dr. Philip Stafford Moxon [note: it was for Reverend Philip Stafford Moxom], at Springfield, Mass. The perspectives show a good substantial dwelling, colonial in treatment, and well ornamented, and the plans present an excellent interior arrangement, with large rooms and handsomely finished. The underpinning is built of local red brick, with red mortar. The first story is clapboards, and the second and third stories are shingled. It is painted a yellowish-brown color, with cream white trimmings. Roof is shingled and painted red.

Dimensions: Front, 34 ft.; side, 51 ft. 6 in., exclusive of piazza and porch. Height of ceilings: Cellar, 7 ft.; first story, 10 ft.; second, 9 ft ; third, 8 ft. 6 in.

Hall is trimmed with antique oak. It has a paneled wainscoting and a ceiling heavily beamed. The vestibule is paneled, and it is furnished with a tiled floor, and the nook is provided with a paneled divan. The staircase is turned out of similar wood, with carved newels.

Parlor and library are trimmed with cherry, and are separated by double sliding doors. The fireplace in library is furnished with tiled trimmings, and a carved mantel, with columns and mirror. Dining-room is trimmed with oak, and it contains a paneled wainscoting, ceiling beams, hardwood floor, and a china cabinet.

Pantries, rear hall and kitchen are trimmed and wainscoted with yellow pine, finished natural. These apartments are provided with all the necessary fixtures. Rear hall, or lobby, is provided with stairs to cellar, and nook for ice box. Side entrance and staircase hall to second floor is conveniently located, and it is provided with a stationary bowl.

The second floor is trimmed with ash. It contains five bedrooms, eight closets and bathroom, while the third floor contains four bedrooms and trunk-room. Bathroom is wainscoted and furnished with the usual fixtures. Cemented cellar contains furnace, laundry and other apartments.

Cost, $6,000, complete. J. D. and W. H. McKnight, architects, 137 State Street, Springfield, Mass.

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

Note: This house is at 183 Dartmouth Terrace, which was originally numbered 83 Dartmouth Terrace.