1800s Home Drawing

house-image-sa4Seems like this must have been a beautiful home. The December 1887 Scientific American Architects and Builders Edition had several lovely home drawings like this one. They were showcasing a number of residences that had been recently built in the New York City suburb of Glenridge, New Jersey. Even though it was only 14 miles away from New York, commuters would spend 40 minutes getting to work in the morning. The home prices were said to have ranged from $4,000 to over $6,500. It must have been a posh community, considering the average annual salary in 1887 was not even $500 a year.

Part of what I like so much about this 1800s home drawing is that they have even included someone tending to the front flower garden and a large tree in the foreground that forms a nice frame for the drawing. Luckily, I have a nice large-sized version of this drawing along with the smaller one shown here. To access the larger home drawing, simply click on the one you see now.

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