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 10 illustrate a modern dwelling which has been erected for Mr. Edward A. Bowser, at Springfield, Mass.

The building has many excellent features, including bay windows, a broad piazza, porch, balcony, etc. The underpinning is built of red brick laid up in red mortar. The superstructure is covered with sheathing, paper, and shingles, left to weather finish, while the trimmings are painted white. The roof is covered with shingles and stained a dull moss green.

Dimensions: Front, 26 ft. 6 in. ; side, 37 ft. 6 in., not including piazza. Height of ceilings: Cellar, 7 ft.; first story, 9 ft, 6 in.; second, 8 ft. 6 in.; third, 8 ft.

The hall is treated in a handsome manner with oak. It has a paneled wainscoting, a pleasant nook with paneled seat, and an open fireplace with tiled hearth and facings, and a mantel paneled to ceiling. The staircase is turned out of oak and in a handsome manner with newel posts and balusters. A bay window is thrown out at second landing and is glazed with leaded glass.

The parlor is treated in white enamel, and it has a fireplace with white enamel tile facings and hearth, and Colonial mantel. The dining-room is trimmed with oak, and is furnished with paneled wainscoting and ceiling beams; a nook is provided with buffet built in. The kitchen and its dependencies are trimmed and wainscoted with hard pine finished natural, and is provided with all the best modern fixtures complete.

The second floor is trimmed with cypress, and contains four bedrooms and bathroom, the latter wainscoted and fitted up with porcelain fixtures and exposed plumbing. The third floor contains three bedrooms and ample storage. A cemented cellar contains laundry and furnace complete. Cost, $3,700 complete. J. D. & W. H. McKnight, architects, 137| State 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.