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Small Houses of the Forties

With Illustrations and Floor Plans
Group, Harold E. (Book - 2007)
Small Houses of the Forties
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Designed for the 1940s family with a "limited budget but unlimited good taste," this fascinating volume presents 56 floor plans and elevations of lovely small homes that originally cost less than $15,000 to build. Each home, bearing the honorable designation of House-of-the-Month by the era's Monthly Small House Club, Inc., was designed to give prospective homeowners an exceptionally well-planned house that was also a sound investment. From Cape Cods to Colonials, Small Houses of the Forties offers an eden of illustrations of cozy, charming domiciles, complete with color combinations, charts, and diagrams. This complete republication of a now-rare volume is also filled with vintage dollars-and-sense information for the postwar homebuyer, including mortgage guidance, amortization schedules, valuations, and construction costs of the times. A nostalgic flashback to a simpler American dream of white picket fences, this entertaining and valuable reference will delight architecture enthusiasts, plan collectors, restorers, and historians alike.
Authors: Group, Harold E.
Title: Small houses of the forties
with illustrations and floor plans
Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover, 2007
Characteristics: 138 p. :,ill., plans ;,28 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Harold E. Group
Notes: Includes index
Originally published: House-of-the-month book of small houses. Garden City, N.Y. : Garden City Publishing Co., 1946
ISBN: 9780486455983
048645598X
Branch Call Number: 728.37 G882s 2007
Subject Headings: Architecture, Domestic United States 20th century Designs and plans Small houses United States Designs and plans
Topical Term: Architecture, Domestic
Small houses
LCCN: 2007277640
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These simple, affordable designs are typical of the thousands of houses built in the Portland area during the housing boom of the 1940s. Most of the houses shown in this book are far more down-to-earth than glamorous or space-age, but they definitely have a modern tone with practical floorplans, ... Read More »


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