America's Favorite Homes: Mail-order Catalogues as a Guide to Popular Early 20th-century Houses

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Wayne State University Press, 1990 - Architecture - 261 pages
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During the first four decades of the twentieth century, prefabricated and catalogue homes grew in popularity and number. Built and occupied by farmers, merchants, the new armies of factory workers and other lower- and middle-class families, these are the modest homes that today line American streets. Using mail-order house catalogues from the time, Robert Schweitzer and Michael W. R. Davis chart the development of catalogue houses and their variations and include floor plans for many models. Students of architecture, whether amateur of professional, preservationists and academics will find in America's Favorite Homes a handy reference to those homes that soon will be eligible for historic designation.
 

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Contents

Illustrations
9
Acknowledgments
17
Developing Architectural Styles
33
Prefabricated Housing
57
Survivals
121
New American Homes
138
Academic Period 19201941
169
Modern Colonial Revivals
190
Vernacular Homes
227
Conclusion
239
Notes
245
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About the author (1990)

Robert Schweitzer teaches historic preservation and American architectural history in the graduate program at Eastern Michigan University.

Michael W.R. Davis is executive director of the Detroit Historical Socieity.

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