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Old-Time Farm and Garden Devices and How to Make Them

by Rolfe Cobleigh

Handy tips for building everything from a cheese press, hog house, and bicycle-powered washing machine to advice on the proper way to split wood, sharpen scissors, and paper a room. 200 black-and-white illustrations....


New Life for Old Houses: A Guide to Restoration and Repair

by George Stephen

Easy-to-understand introduction to good design and rehabilitation explains everything from selecting an architect and choosing appropriate materials to restoring interiors from ceiling to floor. 300 illustrations....


The House Servant's Directory: An African American Butler's 1827 Guide

by Robert Roberts

Classic survey of work, home life, and race relations in early America — written by an African-American — offers keen insight into the social milieu, hierarchy, and maintenance of the antebellum manor.


Small Brick Houses of the Twenties

by Ralph P. Stoddard

35 sets of floor plans, elevations, and specifications depict a wide variety of structures — from bungalows and cottages to single- and double-car garages and multiple-dwelling buildings.


Old-Time Gates and Fences and How to Build Them

by George A. Martin

First published over a century ago, this practical guide shows how to add traditional fences, gates, and bridges to your house, farm, or garden. More than 300 illustrations accompany straightforward instructions....


Principles & Practice of Ornamental or Complex Turning

by John Jacob Holtzapffel

First paperback edition of Great Victorian classic for special lathe, with coverage of frames and chucks, unbelievably complex projects, all with unmatched thoroughness and clarity. 600 illustrations.


Easy-to-Make Arts and Crafts Lamps and Shades

by John D. Adams

How to turn inexpensive materials into attractive, functional objects — from a dining room dome to an electric candle sconce.


Wrought Iron and Its Decorative Use

by Maxwell Ayrton & Arnold Silcock

Superb treasury presents an informative survey of wrought iron throughout England with illustrations of gates, railings, screens, and other elaborately rendered works. 239 black-and-white illustrations.


Turn-of-the-Century House Designs: With Floor Plans, Elevations and Interior Details of 24 Residences

by William T. Comstock

Designs and plans for constructing country homes with over 130 illustrations depicting interior and exterior designs, perspectives, and more.


A Victorian Housebuilder's Guide: Woodward's National Architect of 1869

by George E. Woodward & Edward G. Thompson

Plans and specifications for 20 distinctive Victorian structures, from a simple cottage to an ornate brick villa. Over 580 black-and-white illustrations.


More Craftsman Homes

by Gustav Stickley

Stickley pioneered a style of architecture that came to be known as Mission. Complete plans for 78 authentic Mission-style dwellings are reprinted here from an original 1912 publication with over 300 black-and-white...


Victorian Woodturnings and Woodwork

by Blumer & Kuhn Stair Co.

Reproduced from a rare original, this 1893 catalog provides nearly 800 detailed illustrations of stair railings, mantels, gables, moldings, and ornaments. Varied, unusual examples make it an inspiring, instructive...


100 Victorian Architectural Designs for Houses and Other Buildings

by A. J. Bicknell & Co.

Originally published in 1878, this now-rare collection of designs supplies views of a remarkable variety of modestly priced structures: houses, villas, cottages, many others. 98 black-and-white illustrations....


Victorian Cottage Residences

by Andrew Jackson Downing

This incredibly rich, firsthand source for the most popular styles of 19th-century Victorian architecture presents 26 cottage designs — including Gothic, bracketed, Italianate, "rustic," more — and 155 illustrations...


Barber's Turn-of-the-Century Houses: Elevations and Floor Plans

by George F. Barber

Created by a noted Knoxville, Tennessee, firm with a successful mail-order business, this architectural snapshot features working floor plans and fine drawings of over 80 distinctive vintage dwellings.


American Country Houses of the Gilded Age: (Sheldon's "Artistic Country-Seats")

by A. Lewis

Reproduces all of Sheldon's fascinating and historically important photographs and plans for a total of 97 buildings (93 houses, 4 casinos) built during the 1880s. Approximately 200 illustrations.


Small Houses of the Forties: With Illustrations and Floor Plans

by Harold E. Group

56 floor plans and elevations of houses that originally cost less than $15,000 to build. Recommended by financial institutions of the era, they range from Colonials to Cape Cods.


Victorian Wooden and Brick Houses with Details

by A. J. Bicknell & Co.

81 illustrations depict floor plans, elevations, and other details of suburban residences, capturing the elaborate, distinctive beauty of Victorian-era cornices, staircases, gables, verandas, doors, dormers,...


124 Distinctive House Designs and Floor Plans, 1929

by National Building Publications

Meticulous reproduction of rare catalog offers a beautifully illustrated look at homes intended for budgets from $3,500 to $15,000. Designs include such special features as built-in cabinets and clothes chutes....


Victorian Domestic Architectural Plans and Details: 734 Scale Drawings of Doorways, Windows, Staircases, Moldings, Cornices, and Other Elements

by William T. Comstock

Rare treasury of floor plans, elevations, perspective drawings for houses and cottages in Queen Anne, Eastlake, Elizabethan, Colonial, other styles. Large engraved plates also contain scaled drawings of nearly...