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The craftsman
Vol. VII, No. 5 (February 1905)

The open door,   pp. 626-634 ff. PDF (2.7 MB)


Page 632


                               OPEN DOOR
A CONSULTING From Edwin M. Perrott, Contracting Engineer, Philadelphia,
ENGINEER'S            Pa.: "Your plans for House No. 7, 1904 series,
arrived safely
APPROVAL              and permit me to congratulate you upon the fullness
with which
                      you kept your promise made upon the organization of
The
Craftsman Club. The plans are exceedingly good and correct in every detail.
An
assertion which my profession of Mechanical Engineer enables me to make with
some
slight authority."
A PRACTICAL              The following comunication, from an esteemed correspond-
HOME BUILDING            ent, is in the same keynote as many other, received
from
SUGGESTION               widely scattered members of the Homebuilders' Club,
in-
                         cluding professional architects, engineers and others
whose
opinions are entitled to careful consideration.
    As emphasizing and illustrating the announcement made in the Open Door
in re-
gard to plans for homes of moderate cost, we welcome the sensible and well
defined sug-
gestions made by Mr. Pitt, and as previously stated, THE CRAFTSMAN will give
dur-
ing the current year special prominence to plans coming within the limits
of from fifteen
hundred to three thousand dollars, and worked out along the lines so intelligently
sug-
gested by Mr. Pitt and others interested in home-building.
    From Mr. E. V. Pitt, Architect, Niagara Falls, Ontario: "I have
been an appre-
ciative reader of THE CRAFTSMAN since its birth, and, during the last year
or two,
have been especially interested in the house designs which have appeared
therein. The
development of these designs has much appealed to me, more particularly upon
their
exemplification of simplicity outside and in.
    "To my mind, this simplicity of line and purpose is evidence of
the highest and most
satisfying art; but, I regret to say, with the exception of perhaps three
or four designs,
their comparatively high cost makes it almost impossible for the average
man to build
in accordance with these plans.
    "It seems to me, that the essential thing in the work of the average
architect, is
the artistic, simple and satisfying house costing from $1,500 to $3,000,
which is about
the limit of the average artisan.
    "Certainly previous to this, must come an educated appreciation
on the part of the
worker, for such artistic and simple developments. But I am inclined to believe
that
the solution of the question lies mainly with the architect.
    "This is the question which I have before me here, in a wilderness
of crude and
awkward 'jerry-built' houses: How is it possible to design and build houses,
which
shall embody the Anglo-Saxon home element and low cost?
    "It is particularly a hard question, as house-building here is at
an artificially high
cost with the ordinary wood, stone and clay materials; we being farther from
timber
markets, than perhaps any other point in Ontario, and our brick being very
poor in
quality.
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