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clydethecat
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Pattern books?

Post by clydethecat »

Did any of the Prairie School architects ever allow their work to appear in pattern books?

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Post by SDR »

Good question. One might have to prowl the dusty stacks of a large and unculled city library collection to find the pattern books that would answer that one . . .


One finds this sort of thing online, now:

http://www.classicist.org/workspace/pdf ... ecture.pdf

http://www.prairietrailankeny.com/wp-co ... uction.pdf

http://www.prairietrailankeny.com/wp-co ... tterns.pdf

Insipid, characterless, "safe" recipes for replication of past residential styles -- in the service of a New Suburbanism ? The last one above cites "painted brick" as one of the ingredients of the Craftsman style . . .

Not !

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Post by Roderick Grant »

Hermann Valentin Von Holst wrote "Country and Suburban Homes of the Pairie School Period" in 1913. Not exactly a pattern book, it's more of a history of the style. The only FLW houses included (on one page) are one image each of Hickox, Ch. E. Brown, Isabel Roberts and Willits, plus the Tallmadge & Watson Elias V. Day House in River Forest which FLW remodeled for a subsequent owner after a fire. There are also some WBG and T&W houses represented, as well a church by MMG and a house by himself.

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http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/country ... 0486158549

I've enjoyed my copy. Spencer & Powers, Henry K Holsman, Tallmadge & Watson, Charles E White, Jr, Lawrence Buck, early California bungalows, and even some garages including a couple that could be the work of the brothers Greene. Lots of line drawings: elevations, sections, plans.

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Post by Reidy »

The librarian at the Oak Park Home & Studio might be able to help you. wrightplus.org.

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Post by SDR »

A favorite image from von Holst's book . . .


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Post by clydethecat »

I have the von Holst book on the Dover imprint.

It's not really a pattern book as such, more like a compendium of articles from home magazines.

I was just wondering if there was a known source for the sorts of Prairie, prairie-lite, and prairie-ish homes you sometimes see in A&C neighborhoods outside the areas where the main Prairie School architects worked. Since most of the bungalows and foursquares in these kinds of neighborhoods either came from pattern books or kits, I figured there must have been some published Prairie designs too?

That Cooper house is an attractive little bungalow.

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Post by SDR »

How about the pre-cut homes that Sears Roebuck sold for years ? I would expect to find all popular American styles represented . . .

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Post by SDR »

Hmm . . . also Aladdin Houses ("Sold by the Golden Rule"). Plenty of Craftsman; no Prairie. Sears No. 181, from the 1913 catalog, is the only near miss, with its slightly greater roof overhang and cladding change at the second-floor sill line. But the detailing is generic American, with turned porch posts, etc . . .

You might need this. http://www.psupress.org/books/titles/0-271-01943-3.html

$89.57 at Amazon.

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Post by clydethecat »

Gordon Van Tine had this Model 2617:

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And here's a house near me in Hillcrest, Little Rock, AR, which looks like a Prairie plan that the builder tried to disguise as a Mission:

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(I couldn't get a better angle from Google Maps Street View due to the trees.)

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Post by SDR »

Weird -- I couldn't duplicate your first Google shot, but was able to get this:

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Note the discrepancy of addresses . . . !


Where did the Model 2617 show up ? Did it have a manufacturer ?

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Post by clydethecat »

SDR wrote:

Where did the Model 2617 show up ? Did it have a manufacturer ?
It's from Gordon Van Tine, they were a supplier of kit houses.

http://www.gordonvantine.com/

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Post by SDR »

Thanks. The site says the 2617 was offered "briefly" in 1917-18 . . .

The catalog cover graphics from the 'teens and 'twenties show the influence on commercial illustrators of the fine art of the previous decades (see Japanese prints threads).

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Post by clydethecat »

SDR wrote:Thanks. The site says the 2617 was offered "briefly" in 1917-18 . . .
It seems to be a pretty direct crib of the Walser/Barton plan.

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Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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