Inexpensive homes of individuality

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Henry Hodgman Saylor
McBride, Nast & company, 1912 - Architecture - 80 pages
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Page 22 - It would be hard to find, except possibly in the field of military operations abroad, finer examples of co-operation and coordination than on the 30-story steel skeleton structure that rises almost complete as fast as the derricks can climb skyward. Now you might think that these results in the commercial building are obtained by reason of the fact that such buildings represent in the aggregate by far the greatest capital investment. Quite the contrary: In the aggregate by far the greatest sum spent...
Page 24 - In fact, in this respect we find it difficult to compete successfully against the ordinary dwelling. Now, the obvious solution appears to lie in the standardization, not necessarily of the general plan, but of its various component units and structural elements. Carried to its logical conclusion, as I believe it should be, this principle would result in a system of "standard dwelling" manufacture, in a "ready-made...
Page 24 - I believe it should be, this principle would result in a system of "standard dwelling" manufacture, in a "ready-made" system, if you please, of wholesale fabrication like that which has already given the poor man his two-dollar shoes, and his ten-dollar suit of clothes.
Page 11 - Into this cill-piece heavy storey posts of timber, some eight or nine inches square, were fixed upright, about seven or eight feet apart, those at the angles being generally larger, and formed of the butt of a tree, placed root upwards, with the top part curving diagonally outwards, to carry the angle-posts of the upper storey.
Page 24 - The explanation lies largely, of course, in the fact that the individual house is a product of disorganized, individual effort, whereas the great building is sufficiently important to justify careful organization and concentration of all the coordinate activities necessary for its production. It is organized construction against disorganized construction; co-operation against disjointed individual effort; to a growing extent, standardization against constructional chaos.
Page 24 - ... justify careful organization and concentration of all the coordinate activities necessary for its production. It is organized construction against disorganized construction : co-operation against disjointed individual effort: to a growing extent, standardization against constructional chaos. It comes, then, to the question of whether there is any vital reason why the great housing problem should not avail itself of just such modern methods of combination, co-operation, concentration and standardization,...
Page 16 - I put forth a while ago, by saying that if the plan be a simple and direct expression of the needs and life of the people who are to live in the house, and if the elevations are a logical outgrowth from...
Page 7 - Let us ask then what things we might suppose would influence the style of a house. Here certainly are some of them: a. The kind of country in which the house is to be built, flat or rolling, mountainous, wooded or open. b. Neighboring buildings, especially if of a definite type. c. Local materials and traditional ways of building.
Page 24 - ... home building. Why then do we fail to solve the problem of small houses on a commercial basis, when our great office buildings, factories, hotels and apartments keep pace with the public needs and pay good profits into the bargain ? "The explanation lies, of course, in the fact that the individual house is a product of disorganized, individual effort, whereas the great building is sufficiently important to justify careful organization and concentration of all the coordinate activities necessary...
Page 8 - Azay, with its strong verticals and its agitated roof lines, looking supremely beautiful in broad meadows with the folds of the Indre wrapped about its base. If our house is to be set upon some steep hillside, some cliffy place, surely we may find guidance in such a spot. Obviously, your quiet Georgian thing is out of keeping here. Strong upright lines, well marked parts, a vivacious sky-line suggest themselves.

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