Taken from Scientific American, Building Edition. March 1899

Photo of house

floor 1 plan

floor 2 plan


The engravings presented on page 44, in this issue, illustrate a residence erected for Messrs. Gaynier and Augen, at Springfield, Mass.

The design is treated in the colonial style, and the principal feature of the exterior is the piazza, with its columns rising up two stories and finished with Corinthian caps. The underpinning is built of red brick, laid up in red mortar. The superstructure, of wood, is covered with sheathing and then. clapboards, and painted a colonial yellow with cream white trimmings. The roof is covered with shingles, and stained a moss green.

Dimensions: Front, 40 ft.; side, 35 ft., not including piazza or lobby. Height of ceilings : Cellar, 7 ft. ; first story, 10 ft. ; second, 9 ft. ; third, 8 ft.

The interior arrangement is most complete. It contains a large open hall, surrounded by numerous large rooms, finished off in a handsome manner. The vestibule is tiled and trimmed with oak. The hall and reception-room are trimmed with oak, and both are separated by base and columns rising up to ceilings, and forming an arcaded effect. The reception hall contains an ornamental staircase, with newels, posts, and balusters turned out of oak, and it is lighted on main landing with windows glazed with delicate tinted glass. The reception-room contains an open fireplace trimmed with tiled hearth and facings, and mantel of oak.

The parlor is trimmed with pine, and is treated with ivory white paint. The dining-room is trimmed with butternut, and it has a wainscoting five feet in height and a cluster of windows, two of which are glazed with tinted glass. The butler's pantry is fitted up in a most complete manner, with shelves, drawers, and cupboards. The kitchen is trimmed and wainscoted with yellow pine, and it has a lobby, an icebox built in, with outside entrance thereto, and a pantry. The rear hall and staircase are conveniently located.

The second floor contains four bedrooms, large closets, and bathroom. The woodwork on this floor is treated in white, while the walls are tinted in blue, pink, yellow, and green, respectively. The bathroom is trimmed and wainscoted with cherry, and it contains porcelain fixtures and exposed nickelplated plumbing.

The third floor contains two bedrooms and trunk-room. A cemented cellar contains furnace, laundry, and other necessary rooms.

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

Note: This house is 46 Forest Park Avenue.