Taken from Scientific American, Building Edition. July 1900

Photo of house

floor 1 plan

floor 2 plan


We present herewith on page 10 in this issue a modern dwelling which has been erected for the Forest Park Heights Land Company at Springfield, Mass. The design is attractive and pleasing, and it is a combination of excellent exterior features and well-arranged plans.

The underpinning is built of red brick laid in red mortar. The exterior above, of wood, is covered with sheathing, paper, and shingles, stained a dull soft brown color, while the trimmings are painted cream white. The roof is shingled and stained in harmony with the remainder of the building.

Dimensions: Front, 41 ft. 8 in.; side, 30 ft., 10 in., not including piazza. Height of ceilings: Cellar, 7 feet; first story, 9 ft. 2 in.; second, 8 ft. 10 in.; third, 8 ft. 6 in.

The entrance is through a vestibule, trimmed with quartered oak. The hall is trimmed with similar wood, and it contains an ornamental staircase turned out of same, with newel, posts, and balusters.

The parlor is trimmed with whitewood, and is treated in white enamel. It contains an open fireplace with tiled facings and hearth and mantel. The library is trimmed with quartered oak, and it has a nook for bookcases which are built in, and a paneled wainscot.

The dining room is trimmed with quartered oak, and it is well lighted and conveniently connected with a well-fitted up butler's pantry. The kitchen and its apartments are trimmed and wainscoted with whitewood, and furnished with the usual fixtures complete.

The second floor is trimmed with whitewood treated in white enamel, and it contains a large open hall, four bedrooms, closets, and bathroom, the latter wainscoted and furnished with porcelain-lined tub, other fixtures, and exposed nickel-plated plumbing.

The third floor contains two bedrooms and trunk-room. A cemented cellar contains furnace room, laundry, and other necessary apartments. Iron columns are used instrad of brick piers in cellar. Cost $5,000 complete. Mr. Louis Frank Newman and Carroll H. Pratt, architects, 21 Elm Street, Springfield, Mass.

Our engraving was made directly from photographs of the building, taken specially for the Scientific American.

Note: This house is at 23 Washington Rd., in the Forest Park neighborhood.