Taken from Scientific American, Building Edition. November 1899

Photo of house

floor 1 plan

floor 2 plan


THE engraving shown on page 92 illustrates a modern dwelling which has been erected for the Forest Park Heights Land Company, at Springfield, Mass.

The design is treated in a pleasing manner with piazza, bay windows, and gambrel roof. The underpinning is built of red brick, laid in red mortar. The building above, of wood, is covered with sheathing and paper. The first story is clapboarded and painted light yellow, with cream white trimmings. The second and third stories are shingled and stained a mahogany color, with similar trimmings. The roof is also shingled.

Dimensions : Front, 32 ft. 8 in.; side, 45 ft., not including piazza. Height of ceilings: Cellar, 7 ft. ; first story, 9 ft. 6 in. ; second, 9 ft. ; third, 8 ft.

The reception hall is trimmed with ash, and it is provided with an open fireplace trimmed with tiled facings and hearth, and mantel, a paneled seat, and an ornamental staircase turned out of similar wood. The parlor is trimmed with whitewood treated in white enamel. The Library and dining room are trimmed with ash. The floors on this floor are laid with hard pine, finished natural. The pantry and kitchen are trimmed with whitewood, and are fitted up with the best modern fixtures complete.

The second floor contains three bedrooms, den, dressing-room, five closets, linen closet, and bathroom. This floor is trimmed with whitewood finished natural. The bathroom is wainscoted and furnished with porcelain fixtures and exposed nickelplated plumbing.

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

Messrs Louis Frank Newman and Carroll H. Pratt, architects, 21 Elm Street, Springfield, Mass.

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

Note: this house is at 79 Spruceland Ave., Forest Park