Taken from Scientific American, Building Edition. January 1896

Front of house

Rear of house

floor 1 plan

floor 2 plan


We present on pages 3 and 6 a dwelling, Colonial in treatment, which has been recently erected for W. S. Scott, Esq., at Springfield, Mass.

The design is treated in an artistic manner, and the main lines are well broken by several bay windows, and the roof lines are ornamented by dormers. One of the excellent features is the spacious piazza, part of which is not covered, thereby admitting light and sunshine to the principal apartments on first floor. The foundation is built of stone. The underpinning is built of brick. The exterior framework is sheathed, shingled, and left to weather finish, while the trimmings are painted white. Roof, shingled and finished similar.

Dimensions: Front, 30 ft. 6 in.; side, 49 ft. 6 in., not including piazza. Height of ceilings: Cellar, 7 ft.; first story, 9 ft. 6 in.; second, 9 ft.; third, 8 ft. 6 in.

Vestibule is paneled with oak, and the floor is paved with tiles. Hall is trimmed with oak. It has a paneled wainscoting, and an ornamental staircase, with fluted pilasters extending to ceiling and elegantly carved. This staircase is turned out of similar oak, and a latticed window with paneled seat is thrown out at first landing. The floors are laid with oak and highly polished. The parlor is trimmed with whitewood, and then painted China white in a dainty manner. Library is trimmed with sycamore, and is provided with an open fireplace, built of brick, with tiled hearth and facings, and a hardwood mantel. This fireplace has paneled seats on either side. A door opens out upon porch. Dining room is trimmed with oak, and it has a ribbed ceiling. It is separated from other apartment by double sliding doors. Kitchen and pantries are trimmed and wainscoted with whitewood and finished natural, and are furnished with the usual fixtures complete.

The second floor is trimmed with ash, and it contains four bedrooms, large closets, and bathroom ; the latter is wainscoted and furnished complete. Third floor contains two bedrooms and trunk room. Cemented cellar contains furnace, laundry, and other apartments.

Cost $6,000 complete. G. Wood Taylor, 85 Devonshire Street, Boston, architect, and J. D. & W. H. McKnight, Springfield, Mass., builders.

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

This house is at 149 Clarendon St.