Taken from Scientific American, Building Edition. January 1900

Photo of house

Photo of house

floor 1 plan

floor 2 plan


The engravings shown on page 13 in this issue illustrate a modern residence, which has been erected for A. P. Janes, Esq., at Forest Park Heights, Springfield, Mass.

The design is treated in the gambrel roof style with Colonial detail. It has many excellent features. The underpinning is built of brick laid up in red mortar. The superstructure of wood is covered with sheathing, paper, and clapboards, painted a light buff with ivory white trimmings. The roof is covered with shingles and stained a dull shade of old red color.

Dimensions: Front, 30 ft. ; side, 33 ft., not including piazza. Height of ceilings: Cellar, 7 ft.; first story, 9 ft. 6 in.; second, 8 ft. 6 in.; third, 8 ft.

The reception room, or hall, is trimmed with selected quartered oak. It contains a bay window, an open fireplace furnished with green tiled hearth and facings, and a Colonial mantel with plate glass mirror. The staircase is of handsome design, and rises up to a broad landing which is thrown out into a bay window at side. The parlor is trimmed with pine and is treated with white enamel and gold. The dining-room is trimmed with quartered oak. The kitchen and pantries are well fitted up with the usual fixtures of approved kinds, and is wainscoted and trimmed with yellow pine.

The upper hall and sitting-room are trimmed with ash. This floor contains also three bedrooms, five closets and bathroom. The sitting-room has a window seat and an open fireplace trimmed with yellow tiled facings and hearth and a Colonial mantel. The bathroom is wainscoted and trimmed with cherry, and is furnished with porcelain fixtures and exposed nickel-plated plumbing. The bedrooms are treated in white enamel.

The third floor contains two bedrooms and ample storage. The cemented cellar contains furnace, laundry and other necessary rooms. Cost, $3,700 complete. Mr. E. A. Sturtevant, architect and builder, 159 Dwight Street, Springfield, Mass.

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

Note: This house is at 24 Spruceland Ave., in the Forest Park neighborhood.