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This book contains the contents of a reprint of The Brickbuilder Magazine House design competition of 1914. A Competition for a House to be built of Hy-Tex brick to cost $7,500 with a maximum size of 34,000 cubic feet. This competition was sponsored by the Hydraulic-Press Brick Company of Saint Louis to promote "Small House" design in an era when housing prices depressed housing construction starts. These houses look larger than what you would guess. The houses shown are about 2,000 square feet. The architects who entered were the best in the entire United States community because of the very high prize awards offered. These designs represent Prairie Style, Colonial, French, English, and Modern designs from architects trained during the Golden Age of architectural studio apprenticeships. These homes could be built today in brick, and stucco on concrete block. This competition required 1 pen and ink drawing on Bristol Board from each architect so they could be reproduced on a copper plate rotogravure printing press for maximum quality equal to lithographs. These reproductions are not cheap half-tone reprints, but full density ink drawings. The entries show a beautiful perspective drawing, floor plans, site plan, and details. The book pages contain razor sharp, high resolution black line drawings on natural cream paper. Many drawings are beautiful enough to frame as artwork. These drawings are some of the very best architectural ink drawings ever performed. Printed on a commercial lithographic printer for maximum density black lines.
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