Godey's Lady's Model Residence, 1874.

One of many house plans from the book

Victorian Houses.

Isaac H. Hobbs & Son, Architects, 809 and 811 Chestnut Street, formerly of 436 Walnut Street, Philadelphia. The above design was drawn for and built by Mr. O. S. Hubbell, the well-known druggist of this city, at Rivercliffe, near Norwalk, Connecticut. He is the owner of the celebrated bird Arial, the carrier pigeon that has taken the premium as the best bird in the world. This building has met with his entire approbation, and he stated to us that all who see it do not differ from the Daily Graphic's account of it, as the handsomest house in the United States of equal cost. It is plain and beautiful, and cost about $15,000, with the interior well finished.

We have recently made an invention of an entirely new style of finish for the inside of a house, that possesses the advantage of enabling persons to use walnut and other hard woods in the entire finish, with comparatively little or no addition in the cost over painted woodwork of best quality white pine. We give our patrons the advantage of our invention. Those who are building under other architects, desiring to save money and obtain rich and beautiful apartments, can be supplied with details and drawings of the same at the rate of one per cent. upon their cost as per agreement.

First Story.-- H hall, 8 feet wide; P parlor, 16 by 16 feet; DR dining-room, 16 by 16 feet; L library, 12 by 20 feet; DR drawing-room, 16 by 16 feet; K kitchen, 13 feet by 19 feet 9 inches; with a larder, 8 by 10 feet; and a store closet, 5 feet 6 inches by 8 feet 3 inches.

Second Story.-- C chamber, 16 by 16 feet; C chamber, 8 feet 4 inches by 12 feet; C chamber, 16 by 16 feet; C chamber, 12 feet 6 inches by 12 feet 6 inches; BR bath-room, 5 feet 6 inches by 16 feet; DR dressing-room, 5 feet by 8 feet 6 inches; C chamber, 15 by 16 feet; C chamber, 13 by 16 feet; DR dressing-room, 5 by 8 feet; DR dressing-room, 5 by 8 feet; with a linen closet, 5 feet 6 inches by 7 feet.

 

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A rare anthology of Victorian House Plans (6 samples above), Pictures & House Articles reprinted in 1999 from 1800s Harper's, Scribner's, Godey's Lady's Book, &c. 244 pages, 5½"x8½" spiral-bound book. See Table of Contents:

19th century architecture articles in VICTORIAN HOUSE book:
PublishedTitleDescription
1850-51 Model Cottages & Villa.House plans for model cottages, a Southern cottage, a "Tudor Style" cottage, and a small villa for a gentleman much attached to gardening.
1855Model Cottage.Frontier-life dwelling in Lindwood, Lake Minnetouke. Includes letter to editor, picture and house plan.
1855 Ice-Houses.An ice-house for a farmer from Onondaga county, New York.
1855Model Cottages.Cottage in the Italian Style, and Cottages on a double lot. Includes pictures and house plans.
1855 Hints for Country House Builders.Artistic house designs for America. Includes pictures and house plans.
1859Our Houses"When you build a house…it is not mainly to be looked at, but to be lived in" and "...to satisy personal taste and convenience…"
1863 HouselessHunting for suitable housing in NYC
1864Country or Suburban Residences, Ornamental Cottages and an Italian Villa.Pictures and house plans.
1865The Houses We Live In"House are built to live in, and not look on..."
1865 How to Redeem Woman's Profession from DishonorThe ideal home. Includes pictures and house plans.
1866Cost of a HomeWhy a man should marry, and the cost of running a household, considering real estate & food
1865 A Christian HouseHarriet Beecher Stowe and her sister, Catherine Beecher write about construction of the ideal home. Includes pictures and house plans.
1872Aunt's New House(fiction) Young woman's story of Aunt's purchase of an ostentatious mansion in NYC
1874 Model ResidencesHouse plans of model residences, an American ornamental villa, Italian villas, suburban residences, an ornamental cottage, an American cottage, and a Swiss cottage.
1875"Door-steps"Advantages of socializing on the piazza
1875Comfort Below StairsRequest to improve servants' department
1875 Frameless HousesHouse construction
1875The PiazzaDesirable aspects of a piazza
1875Color in HousesCommon house paint colors and advice to improve
1877House and Home BuildingArchitecture for convenient housekeeping including information on servants' needs, root cellar & kitchen
1879 Plans for Tenement HousePrized designs for improved tenements for poorest people. Includes house plans.
1879A New FlooringFlooring to keep out dampness
1882The Architecture of the HomeHow to build houses with economy and taste combined - plans and cost - the adornment and furnishing of the house - harmony of colors for curtains, walls, carpets and furniture. Includes pictures and house plans.
1882 The Problem of Living in New YorkHousing shortage in New York City; houses changing to flats are partial success
1883Recent Building in New YorkQueen Anne and Gothic style architectural examples in NYC. Includes pictures.
1884Dangers from Fire in FlatsFireproof houses in NYC
1888 House DesignsHouse plans and short descriptions
1899The Equipment of The Modern City HouseClosets; Stairs; Dumb-waiters; Lighting by Electricity; Gas-pipes and Electric Conduits as Decorative Features; Open Plumbing; Virtue of Wash-stand; Heating, &c. Includes pictures and house plans.
1899The Building of the Modern City House High Stoop Entrance; Basement Entrances; Early & Modern American Basements; House Plans of Ancestors; Square Hall; Back Alleys; Modern Materials. Includes pictures and house plans.
1900Architecture for Modern Times with Plans & EstimatesThe latest designs in architecture from 1900. Includes pictures and house plans.

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