$1,200 Summer Cottage 1889


“A Summer Cottage for Twelve Hundred Dollars.”  From Scientific American.  Supplement for Architects and Builders, May 1889.  15 1/2 x 10 1/2.  Chromolithograph.  Chip in top right corner.  Else, very good condition.

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Scientific American has always been a applied journal, designed for those who were interested in practical ideas.  The journal issued a number of editions for architects and builders and these included a series of wonderful, chromolithographed images of buildings designed for the real world.  These show the facades of houses and other structures, most with detailed plans as well.  And, naturally, most list the price at which this house could be built, from $1,200 to $4,000, or in one case, for only a “moderate cost.”  This image is of a cottage which could be built at the bottom of that range, including four bed rooms, but no bath room.