Below is information regarding the plans for an 1884 house. This house was estimated to cost $4000. When writing historical fiction we often have to come up with the house plans of the characters we're writing about. Finding actual house plans is a great reference for those who write historical fiction. They are also wonderful if you're remodeling your historic home to as original as possible.
Description comes from the original source:
These plans were designed for a suburban residence, to take the place of one recently destroyed by fire. The original structure was cubiform in outline, resembling a huge box; with unbroken facades, and flat roof, destitute of beauty, and in strange contrast with the tasteful sur-J roundings. The owner desired to use the old foundations, still in fair condition, without disturbing the grounds, underlying pipes, etc., and thus retain the nearly square ground plan, but a building with an exterior agreeing with the surroundings. While the main object in presenting this design, is to show that the ground plans do not necessarily determine the style of exterior dress, its general arrangement and character will be found to deserve favorable consideration.
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