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John Ruskin. The Stones of Venice. Volume the First. The Foundations and Volume the Second. The Sea Stories. John Wiley & Sons.New York.1887
John Ruskin. The Stones of Venice. Volume the First. The Foundations and Volume the Second. The Sea Stories. John Wiley & Sons.New York.1887
Price: $45.00

584 pp. Cloth hard cover with two volumes of the Stones of Venice, architectural illustrations. Volume 1, 434 pp. Volume 2, 150 pp. Both volumes bound in one book, features Italian architecture and stone work. 8" x 5 1/4". wear on cover, inscribed more info
William L. Price, Frank S. Guild Model Houses for Little Money With an Additional Chapter on Doors and Windows. Doubleday, Page & Company.New York.1904
William L. Price, Frank S. Guild Model Houses for Little Money With an Additional Chapter on Doors and Windows. Doubleday, Page & Company.New York.1904
Price: $50.00

This book is intent on making it easier for a person to decide the design of their house by offering detailed examples complete with illustrations to best guide the decision. 193 pages, hardcover. It is broken up by area (suburban, city, lot area), price (the lowest for $1,000, the highest for $4,000), there are options for everyone looking to create their own place. Including floor plans for Churches and Cabins. There is also the addition suggestion for remodeling doors and the importance of windows. All the suggestions come with little narrative explanations that offer some personal opinions as well as advice. Doing their part for American homeownership, designing your own house has never been simpler. Includes full page illustrations and floor plans throughout. Measures 6" x 4". . more info
New York State Canal System; The Modern Inland Water Route Affording Economical Transportation Between the Great Lakes And the Atlantic Seaboard. January 1931.  .
New York State Canal System; The Modern Inland Water Route Affording Economical Transportation Between the Great Lakes And the Atlantic Seaboard. January 1931. .
Price: $60.00

32 pp. brochure providing a comprehensive overview of the New York state canal system with images from photographs of the construction and operation of the canals.  Also includes a map of the Barge Canal System. .  Measures 9" x 6". Light discoloration; cover only. more info
 A Blank Lettersheet Featuring an Illustration of Eastman Place, the Estate of the Late H. G. Eastman. .Poughkeepsie, NY.[1880]
A Blank Lettersheet Featuring an Illustration of Eastman Place, the Estate of the Late H. G. Eastman. .Poughkeepsie, NY.[1880]
Price: $60.00

A single fold unused  lettersheet with a black and white illustration depicting the Eastman Place, the home of Harvey G. Eastman (1832-1878) in Poughkeepsie, NY. The image shows a the house in the distance, surrounded by manicured grounds and large trees. There is a stone walkway that leads from the house toward the foreground of the engraving where it meets a short stone wall. A man in a cart pulled by two horses is exiting the walkway at a break in the wall. The lettersheet does date from the 1880s, as the date field found below the engraving is "188_". However, the engraving itself dates back to at least 1870, as it was used in a gardening journal called "The Horticulturist, and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste" published in 1870, which featured biography on Eastman Place. Measures 9 1/4" x 6" (folded).. Harvey Gridley Eastman was born on October 16 1832 to Horace Eastman (1807-1898) and Mary A. Gridley (1812-1889) in Marshall, NY. He had several siblings: Cornelia Eastman (1835-1858), and Edward P. Eastman (1842-1866). He married Minerva "Minnie" Clark (1837-1907). They would have one child: Cora Eastman Woodruff (1858-1904). Harvey was an educator who opened Eastman National Business College in Poughkeepsie in 1859. He was elected to the NY Assembly in 1871 and 1873. The was also elected and served three terms as Mayor of Poughkeepsie in 1871-1874, and 1877 until his death.. He died on July 13, 1878 in Denver, CO, after having spent over a month there attempting  to recover from ill health. After his death, his wife would remarry and her last name changed to Gaines. Harvey was the cousin of George Eastman of Eastman-Kodak fame. more info
 Sales Brochure  - Treehaven - Ranch Style Homes $9150 - $50 down and $56 per month. T. R. Bechtel  Co., Planned Area  Developments.Oakland.[1950]
Sales Brochure - Treehaven - Ranch Style Homes $9150 - $50 down and $56 per month. T. R. Bechtel Co., Planned Area Developments.Oakland.[1950]
Price: $60.00

A single-fold brochure for a subdivision being proposed by T. R. Bechtel Co. It is promoting a 6 Room Ranch Style Home.  It is promoted as a tree-shaded shaded area with  opportunities for a new and better life for 250 city-tired families.  A tipped on postcard with a rendering of the home in the proposed development.  Includes floor plan and the many features and options available  including choice of tree shaded lots, tile and paint colors and much more.  The back of the brochure promotes the company specializing in planned area developments and a promise that homes would be ready for occupancy in 90 days. Measures 4 1/2" x 8 1/2".. A portion of the Rancho San Miguel in Contra Costa County, California, and subdivided said portion into 220 lots as delineated and so designated on the subdivision map thereof, which said map was entitled 'Tree Haven, Contra- Costa County, California. 1950 more info
E. C. Gardner (Eugene Clarence) Homes and How to Make Them. James R Osgood and Company.Boston.1874
E. C. Gardner (Eugene Clarence) Homes and How to Make Them. James R Osgood and Company.Boston.1874
Price: $65.00

314 page book, with gilt stamped covers, 1st edition. The book compiles forty-three (43) letters between an architect and his friends. These letters "are composed of hints and suggestions relating to to building of homes... [and] aim to give practical information to those about to build." This book is a wonderful piece of early architectural Americana style known as ‘Stick Style.’ This book features 30 black and white illustrations, some of which are full page blue prints to houses or rooms described in the letters. The list of illustrations has two pictures entitled 'On a Sidehill' and 'Only One Corner', supposedly printed on pages 43 and 48 respectively. However, this is not the case, they are located earlier in the book, one opposite the title page and the other right before the first letter begins. All the other illustrations are located where they are supposed to be. . Minor edge wear, particularly on the spine. Minor foxing. more info
G. L. & H. J. Gross Illustrated Booklet of the Auction of Marsden Perry's Home, the Historic Ward-Perry House. Remington Printing Company.Providence, RI.1903
G. L. & H. J. Gross Illustrated Booklet of the Auction of Marsden Perry's Home, the Historic Ward-Perry House. Remington Printing Company.Providence, RI.1903
Price: $65.00

An illustrated booklet for the auction of the Ward-Perry House, a historic residence in Providence, RI. The house was built for Mrs. Eliza Ward by her father Joseph Brown in 1814. It is a large brick mansion done in colonial style. It was purchased by Marsden J. Perry in 1892 where he made some minor renovations "to bring the house up to the requirements of modern living". Perry himself was a wealthy gentleman involved in the banking and both electric and gas utilities, who owned several houses across New England in Providence, RI, Newport, RI, and New York City. The booklet features twelve (12) printed photographs of the interior rooms of the mansion. The real estate managers G. L. & H. J. Gross ran the auction for Marsden Perry who had most likely decided to sell this house due to the fact that in 1901 he 'upgraded Brown houses' when purchased the more famous John Brown House. John Brown was Joseph's brother, and had made a name for himself as a prominent statesmen whose wealth came from the merchant and slave trades. His house was an even larger brick mansion in Providence, RI of which John Quincy Adams is purported to have said it was "the most magnificent and elegant private mansion that I have ever seen on this continent."  It is unknown who purchased the Ward-Perry House at the end of this auction. 16 pg. Green wrappers. Measures 7" x 5 1/4". Marsden Jasael Perry was born on November 2, 1850 to Horatio M. Perry (1813-1853) and Malvina Susan Wilson Perry (1829-1904) in Rehoboth, MA. After his father died in 1853, his mother remarried William R. Miller (1834-?) and this union resulted in two half- siblings: James H. Miller (1854-1940) and Josephine E. Miller West (1864-1947). At twelve he enlisted in a Massachusetts Company during the Civil War and served as a Provost Marshall. In the early 1870s he moved to Providence, RI and entered in the banking business, eventually becoming the Director of the Bank of America. He first married Candice D. Hubbard (1843-1919) in 1872 and divorced in circa 1884. In 1901 he married Marian Lincoln Bogart (1862-1938). He helped raise her son from in earlier marriage, Pelham W. Bogart (1896-1959) and they had one son together, Marsden Jasael Perry Jr. (1902-1970). He died on April 15, 1935 at his home in New York, NY, but is buried in Providence, RI. more info
 Why I Live in the Neighborhood Gardens, A Flyer for Apartments. Neighborhood Gardens Apartments.St. Louis, MO.[1935]
Why I Live in the Neighborhood Gardens, A Flyer for Apartments. Neighborhood Gardens Apartments.St. Louis, MO.[1935]
Price: $85.00

This single fold pamphlet advertises for the Neighborhood Gardens which is an apartment complex located in St. Louis that was first built in 1935, and is still an existence today. The front page of this pamphlet lists eighteen (18) reasons why someone would want to live there, such as: "I get so much for my money in these modern apartments", "I like the sound proof, attractive walls", "every living room is sunshinny [sic] and airy and opens on a balcony," and "Neighborhood Gardens has been built for folks who care; for folks who need and want this kind of housing." The inside of the pamphlet has three black and white printings of linoleum cuts of the exteriors of the apartment complex. The back side has four floor plans of some of the apartments available along with a list of the amenities at the complex and what is in the local neighborhood. Single fold. Black and white. Measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (folded), 11" x 8 1/2" (unfolded).. more info
 Plan for Fenwick Hall, presented by The New Saybrook Co.. Kellogg & Bulkeley. Lith.Hartford, CT .[1871]
Plan for Fenwick Hall, presented by The New Saybrook Co.. Kellogg & Bulkeley. Lith.Hartford, CT .[1871]
Price: $100.00

An 11 2/4" x 9 1/4" plan for the Fenwick Hall, a Victorian wood frame hotel in Old Saybrook CT. It depicts an illustration of the exterior of the hotel and the plan of First Floor including a dining room and grand salon with captions identifying each room.  Reverse is blank. This was presumably a promotional piece for potential guests.. William M. Bates (1834-1914) was a hotelier and the driving force behind The New Saybrook Co.   The land for the hotel had previously been a salt farm owned by colonist George Fenwick, governor of the Saybrook Colony and his wife, Lady Alice Fenwick. It was sold to The New Saybrook Co. in 1870.  Fenwick Hall was named after Lady Fenwick.  A year later the railroad between Fenwick and Hartford opened, drawing the families of wealthy Hartford industrialists, financiers and insurance company executives to the shore. more info
Gretchen's Home. William G. Johnston Company.Pittsburgh PA.1920s
Gretchen's Home. William G. Johnston Company.Pittsburgh PA.1920s
Price: $125.00

A die-cut litho on heavy card stock home with a quasi-tudor style.  Complete in a glassine sleeve with directions for building affixed to the sleeve.  Besides the pieces for the house includes a 2 1/2" figure; Gretchen to be cut-out and stood next to the house. Unused.  Sleeve measures 14" x 10 1/2".  The series has four houses and includes  Gretchen's Home, Rita's Cottage, Chiquita's House and Toytown.. William G. Johnston and Company, founded in 1857, was a well known Pittsburgh printing and book-binding firm in the late 1800s and early 1900s. William G. Johnston, the son of a prominent Pittsburgh printer was born August 22, 1828. He attended the Western University of Pennsylvania (now, the University of Pittsburgh) before organizing a party to head to California during the 1849 gold rush. In 1857, Johnston founded the William G. Johnston and Company at Wood St. and Second Ave. and later erected a new building at 900 Penn Ave. and Ninth St., Pittsburgh, to house the company. Johnston died on June 1, 1913. more info
Chiquita's House. William G. Johnston Company.Pittsburgh PA.1920s
Chiquita's House. William G. Johnston Company.Pittsburgh PA.1920s
Price: $150.00

A die-cut litho on heavy card stock home with a Spanish style.  Complete in a glassine sleeve with directions for building affixed to the sleeve.  Besides the pieces for the house includes a 2 1/2" figure; Chiquita to be cut-out and stood next to the house. Unused.  Sleeve measures 14" x 10 1/2".  The series has four houses and includes  Gretchen's Home, Rita's Cottage, Chiquita's House and Toytown.. William G. Johnston and Company, founded in 1857, was a well known Pittsburgh printing and book-binding firm in the late 1800s and early 1900s. William G. Johnston, the son of a prominent Pittsburgh printer was born August 22, 1828. He attended the Western University of Pennsylvania (now, the University of Pittsburgh) before organizing a party to head to California during the 1849 gold rush. In 1857, Johnston founded the William G. Johnston and Company at Wood St. and Second Ave. and later erected a new building at 900 Penn Ave. and Ninth St., Pittsburgh, to house the company. Johnston died on June 1, 1913. more info
The Last Rivet: the story of Rockefeller Center, a city within a city, as told at the ceremony in which John D. Rockefeller, Jr., drove the last rivet of the last building, November 1, 1939.   Columbia University Press New York c 1940
The Last Rivet: the story of Rockefeller Center, a city within a city, as told at the ceremony in which John D. Rockefeller, Jr., drove the last rivet of the last building, November 1, 1939. Columbia University Press New York c 1940
Price: $175.00

45 pp. Green cover is covered by a tan dust jacket with silver rivet all over, a mylar sheet is covering the dust jacket and a label with the title is affixed, text is written in black and red,frontispiece contains numerous black and white photographs by Berenice Abbott and Margaret Bourke-White et al. 11 1/4" x 9" faint discoloration on some pages, no marks or tears, rivet cover, spine slightly loose more info