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Turn-of-the-Century Houses, Cottages and Villas: Floor Plans and Line Illustrations for 118 Homes from Shoppell's Catalogs - R.W. Shoppell

Turn-of-the-Century Houses, Cottages and Villas: Floor Plans and Line Illustrations for 118 Homes from Shoppell's Catalogs - R.W. Shoppell

Here's why I enjoyed looking through a collection of house plans from more than a century ago: it's fun to see how technical innovations drive changes in domestic behavior. Watch the fireplaces vanish as central heating comes in. Watch the "offices" change from many specific tiny rooms to one larger kitchen area. Ponder the meaning of a separate servants' WC, or low ceiling in the cellars, or the designation of "sewing room" disappearing.

Cool stuff.

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