Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Brick Villa in Orange NJ, 1869

from
MANUFACTURER AND BUILDER , March 1869
An illustration representing a beautiful villa constructed of brick and situated near Orange, New-Jersey. The structure has a plain moulded water-table and a plain bevel sill-band to the second floor windows. The foundation walls are composed of brown rubble-stone, and neatly pointed on the outside face, from the ground to the water-table. The main walls are built of smooth bard brick and pointed with a dark-colored mortar.

The window lintels are made of spruce timber, covered over by the window trimmings, such as wood mouldings and the like. The walls of this villa are carried up hollow, the bond bricks having been soaked in coal-tar and dried previous to laying. The hollow spaces in these walls, are well ventilated at the top, and every precaution possible taken to have a thoroughly dry house. The main cornice, as well as the rest of the exterior woodwork, is made of the best of clear pine timber, and covered with three coats of paint. The roof is made of the best quality of Pennsylvania slate, and, in fact, every thing entering into the structure or the building is of the best quality and put together in the very best manner. Now, to refer the reader to the accompanying plans, it will be seen that we have, on the first floor

A, the parlor, 16 by 20;
B, the family-room, 16 by 16;
C, the library, 16 by 15;
D, the dining-room15 by 20, with two pantries, in one of which is found the dumb-waiter
E is a small school-room or study for the children.

On the second floor, there are five bedrooms and a bath-room with hot and cold water, while the attic furnishes opportunity for two servants rooms. In the basement, and underneath the dining-room, is found the kitchen.
The other basement-rooms are a store-room, laundry, and a large cellar. The building is warmed by means of a furnace, and has all the appliances that are now considered necessary to give completeness to a modern dwelling-house.

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