Taken from Scientific American, Building Edition. February 1899.

Photo of house

floor 1 plan

floor 2 plan


We present on page 29, in this issue, a dwelling of modern style, which has been erected for Mrs. A. T. Lorimer, at Springfield, Mass.

The design is pleasing, and it has many good features for a building of this character. The underpinning is built of red brick laid up in red mortar. The exterior framework is covered with sheathing and paper. The first story is clapboarded and painted a pearl gray, with white trimmings. The second and third stories are covered with shingles and stained a rich brown color. The roof is shingled and painted in harmony with the rest of the building.

Dimensions: Front, 31 ft. 6 in.; side, 31 ft., not including piazza. Height of ceilings: Cellar, 7 ft.; first story, 9 ft.; second, 8 ft. 6 in.; third, 8 ft.

The first floor is trimmed with oak, while the remainder of the interior is trimmed with whitewood, and the whole finished natural. The hall contains an ornamental staircase, with newel, posts, and balusters turned out of oak. This hall is lighted by a cluster of windows, glazed with delicate tinted glass.

The parlor contains an open fireplace trimmed with a tiled hearth and facings, and a mantel of oak. The dining-room has a nook for buffet, and a large butler's pantry between it and kitchen, the latter being wainscoted and furnished with all the necessary fixtures.

The second floor contains a den, three bedrooms, and bathroom, the latter being fitted up with the usual fixtures and exposed plumbing. The third floor contains two bedrooms and ample storage room. A cemented cellar contains furnace, laundry, and other necessary apartments.

Cost, $2,750, complete. Mr. F. W. Lathrop, architect and builder, Springfield, Mass.

Our engraving was made direct from a photograph of the building, taken specially for the SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN.

Note: This house was probably at 31 Princeton St., since that is where Mrs A. T. Lorimer lived in 1899. The original house from 31 Princeton St. is no longer standing.