Taken from Scientific American, Building Edition. August 1899

Photo of house

floor 1 plan

floor 2 plan


THE engravings shown on page 31 in this issue illustrate a modern dwelling which has been erected for the Forest Park Heights Land Company, at Springfield, Mass.

The design is well executed, and it has many excellent features both on the exterior and interior. The piazza, with Colonial columns, the balcony, and gambrel roof are all good features. The underpinning is built of brick laid up in red mortar. The superstructure is covered with sheathing, paper, and then clapboards and shingles. The clapboards are painted Colonial yellow, with white trimmings, while the shingles are stained a Van Dyke brown, of a soft deep tone. The roof is covered with shingles.

Dimensions. Front, 33 ft. 6 in.; side, 33 ft. 6 in., not including piazza and porch. height of ceilings: Cellar, 7 ft. ; first story, 9 f t. ; second, 8 ft. 6 in. ; third, 8 ft.

The interior arrangement is most excellent. The hall and the remainder of the interior is trimmed with white pine, some of which is treated in ivory white, while the remainder is treated in tints of two colors and natural finish with hard oil. The hall contains an ornamental staircase, with newel posts, balusters, and rail turned out of similar wood in a handsome manner. The library is an attractive apartment. It contains an open fireplace, furnished with a tiled hearth and facings, and a mantel of special design, and also paneled seats and bookcases built in on either side of same.

The parlor and dining-room are separated from each other by double sliding doors, and are well lighted and ventilated. The former is treated with white enamel. The butler's pantry is finished natural, and is fitted up complete with cupboards, dressers, closets, etc. Tire kitchen is wainscoted and finished similar, and is furnished complete. The lobby is provided with a large closet to accommodate ice box and stores.

The second floor contains four bedrooms, sewing-room and bathroom, the latter wainscoted and furnished with the best modern porcelain fixtures and exposed nickelplated plumbing.

The third floor contains three bedrooms and ample storage room. A cemented cellar contains furnace, laundry, and other necessary apartments.

Messrs. Louis Frank Newman & Carroll H. Pratt, architects, No. 21 Elm Street, Springfield, Mass.

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

This house is located on Washington Ave., Forest Park.