London: B. T. Batsford, 1900. First edition. Decorated Wraps. Folio, pp. 33 plus 21 full page b/w plates of home exteriors and floor plans. Bookplate for a previous owner on front endpaper. Publisher's advertisement and receipt for the book laid in. Good; first ten pages are detached. Item #19455
Building homes for the working class, at rents that they could afford despite the rise in construction costs, was a challenge for large cities at the turn of the 20th century. The urban districts were crowded and affordable housing was scarce. In this book, the idea of building cottages that would house one or two families in suburban districts was considered more favorable than building more tenement housing in the central district of large towns, and it was assumed that travel options for the working class to get to their workplaces would improve because of increased demand. This book presents plans for thirty cottages intended for working class homes in suburban areas.