Wednesday, February 24, 2016

DIY Architecture (1885)

In 1885, The Weekly Kansas Chief reported on the availability of plans and specification forms that could be easily adapted for frame or masonry construction. Bridgeport, Connecticut architects Palliser, Palliser & Co. circulated advertisements of their pattern books to American states and territories; their designs eventually impacted architecture nationwide.

"Messrs. Pilliser, Pilliser [sic] & Co., of Bridgeport, Ct., the well-known Architects and Publishers of standard works on architecture, have lately issued a sheet containing plans and specifications of a very tasteful modern eight-room cottage with tower, and also with the necessary modifications for building it without the tower, and with but six rooms if desired. In its most costly form, the outlay is estimated at $3,000: without the tower, it has been built for $2,500; and if only six rooms are included, the cost may be reduced to $1,700 or $2,000. Details are given of mantels, stairs, doors and casings, cornices, etc. The publishers have found it the most popular plan they have ever issued, and state that it has been adopted in more than five hundred instances within their knowledge. The same firm issues Specifications in blank, adapted for frame or brick buildings of any cost; also forms of building contract, and several books on modern inexpensive, artistic cottage plans, which are of great practical value and convenience to everyone interested."

The Weekly Kansas Chief (17 May 1883). Available through Chronicling America.


Thomas Rosell said...

Do you know of any Palliser designs in Kansas? The first plate in Palliser model homes was a cottage designed for a client in Scooba, Miss. Though I do not know of the location where the structure was built.

Keli Rylance said...

There is one in Wichita at 1215 North Emporia Street. There are also a fair number of George F. Barber houses in Kansas. Do you think that both were popular in Mississippi?

Thomas Rosell said...

Wow! Do you know if what book it is from?

I am uncertain how popular Palliser was in Mississippi. The MDAH HRI only has three documents structures designed by George Palliser all of which appear to be purposed designed for a school in Port Gibson.

George Barber was pretty popular in Mississippi. We sadly lost the I.N. Ellis house to fire in February.

Keli Rylance said...

Plate 30. 1878.

That's too bad about the Ellis House!