Dover (2003) republication of universal Design Book No. 25 on Builder's Woodwork, originally published by the Universal Catalog Bureau, Dubuque, Iowa, 1927. Introduction to the Dover Edition by Victor M. Linoff. 326 black-and-white plates, many with multiple designs. viii+356pp. 8.375x11. Paperbound. ISBN 0-486-42615-7.
Enthusiasts of early twentieth-century domestic architecture and interior design, carpentry hobbyists, and those with an interest in restoration work will rejoice in the republication of this rare millwork catalog. Intended for use by dealers, architects, contractors, and builders, the Universal Catalog Bureau's 1927 publication stressed the importance of matching woodwork to the style of the home under construction — a colonial-style entrance and doors for a colonial house, for example, and dark, stained oak panel work and exposed beams for an English cottage design. The catalog assured customers of designs correct in proportions, economical in construction, and in harmony with the rest of the residence.
Featured items include illustrations of French doors, garage doors, windows and sashes, blinds, stairwork, phone and clock niches, colonnades, fireplaces, bookcases and window seats, radiator covers, sideboards and buffets, wardrobes, bathroom cabinets, pergolas, arbor seats, trellises, and other interior and exterior elements. Captions provide descriptions and measurements for each item.
Cover design by Jeff A. Menges.
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