Taken from Scientific American, Building Edition. March 1899

Photo of house

floor 1 plan

floor 2 plan


We illustrate, on page 48, a modern dwelling house, which has been erected for Dr. Henry T. Breck, at Springfield, Mass.

The design is admirable for a modern dwelling house, and it combines both pleasing elevations and well-arranged plans. The underpinning is laid up with red brick in red mortar. The superstructure is constructed of wood, with the exterior framework covered with sheathing, paper, and clapboards. It is painted orange yellow, with white trimmings. The roof is covered with shingles and stained a moss green.

Dimensions: Front, 32 ft. ; side, 38 ft, 6 in., not including piazza. Height of ceilings: Cellar, 76 ft. ; first story, 9 ft. 6 in.; second, 9 ft.; third, 8 ft. The reception hall is trimmed with quartered oak, and it has a polished oak floor and an ornamental staircase, with newels, posh, and balusters turned out of oak. The staircase is lighted by a cluster of windows, and is provided with a paneled seat under same.

The parlor is trimmed with whitewood, and is treated in white and gold. It has a floor laid with narrow North Carolina pine, with 20-inch border, laid with alternating points at angles, and highly polished. It also has an open fireplace with hearth and facings of amber-colored tile, and a mantel of Oriental design. The dining-room is trimmed with whitewood, finished in a rich mahogany. It has a floor same as parlor, a paneled wainscoting three and one-half feet high, and a corner sideboard built in, with swell drawers below. and shelves above, inclosed with leaded glass doors. The butler's pantry, kitchen, etc., are trimmed and wainscoted with North Carolina pine, and are fitted up with all the best modern fixtures.

The second floor contains four bedrooms, with large closets and bathroom. The floors are of North Carolina pine, finished in boiled oil. The trim is of ash. The bathroom contains porcelain fixtures, with exposed nickelplated plumbing, and is wainscoted.

The third floor contains one extra large room and ample storage room. The cemented cellar contains furnace (Climax), laundry, and other necessary apartments. The house is lighted by gas and electricity. The principal rooms have plate glass windows.

Cost, $3,600, complete. Mr. E. J. Parlett, architect, Springfield, Mass., and Mr. W. R. Banning, builder, 50 Dartmouth Street, Springfield, Mass.

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

Note: This house is at 64 Monmouth St., McKnight.