Wednesday, September 12, 2007

"Cheap City Houses", 1869

from
THE MANUFACTURER AND BUILDER, Oct 1869

Cheap City Houses.
In the accompanying engraving we give plans and elevations of three frame dwellings, which form part of a row of seven now being erected on One Hundred and Seventh street, near Broadway, having been designed with the intention of getting seven houses on a lot having one hundred and forty-four feet front, the architect has sought to remove that appearance of sameness which would have been produced by placing the front of all the houses on the same line, and has therefore recessed each alternate building, thereby providing space for a piazza. Each dwelling is twenty-two feet wide by thirty deep, and is two stories, with attic and basement.

The object kept in view in erecting these dwellings was to provide the essential rooms required by small families, while the rate of rent might be kept low. The cost price is $2000 per house, this making the rent from $300 to $400 each. (this would be an annual rent)

the first floor contains.
A parlor, 14 x 16;
B, dining-room, 15 x 17, with fine pantry and dumb-waiter;
C, hall, six feet wide.
On second floor are found two bed-rooms, each l4 x 13; a bath-room, 6 x 7; linen-closet, and small room off hall in front.
In the attic one servants room and garret.
In basement is the kitchen, A, 15 x 20, with large pantry, sink, boiler, dresser,etc.
B is the cellar. There is a store-room (off the hall and a closet under the stairs. The houses are supplied with water, and the plumbing, such as bath, water-closet, pump and tanks, is very complete. Every part of the workmanship has been executed in the best manner, and the designs and general arrangement deserve the attention of those who contemplate the erection of similar structures.

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