Dover Coloring Book

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This is the second of A.G. Smith's "historic house" coloring books I have completed, and once again, I am amazed at what I have learned. Having immersed myself in research for over two months, I feel I have come to know most of these houses intimately. Smith begins with ancient Taos Pueblo dwellings and moves up through the ages, ending in 1981, with 42 different architectural styles and one house to represent each. Determined to color them accurately, I spent hours of research on the web, and enlisted the help of people from The Chicago History Museum, the Society of Architectural Historians in Chicago, and ended with a lovely experience with The Oxford Museum in Maryland, whose curator kindly emailed me a beautiful color photo of the Otwell house, (see below).

As a person who herself lives in a century home, I feel so much personality and spirit emanating from these stately structures that have withstood the test of time. Sadly, at least two of these buildings have burned down, and even more sadly, all those in Chicago, except the Robie House, have been torn down. The SAIC digital libraries (Ryerson and Burnham Digital Collections) contain non-color photos of the Byram and Ayer homes, and color photos of the Albert Sullivan House, if you wish to do research. The log cabin looks like the Oliver place in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Adam Town House is Gadsden, not Gadsen; (there were several other identification errors). A few of the houses I simply couldn't find, but most I did. Finishing the final picture left me with a great feeling of accomplishment, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves oldhouses.

To access the photos at SAIC, go to Type into the search bar: Sullivan, Albert Residence; Ayer, Edward Residence; or Byram, Augustus Residence to bring up historic photos of these fascinating homes. Hit "enter" or click "search", but make sure it says "new search" at the end of the search bar.

And here is the beautiful photo I received from the Oxford Museum in Maryland for the Otwell home, listed in the coloring book as Maryland T-Plan House" on page 9. The date given in the book is 1670, but the correct date is 1725. This photo is from National Geographic.

The Otwell House

And finally, here are a few of my coloring artworks. I was able to find nice photos of most of these online. The first, from page 6 is a Flemish Farmhouse, from 1783. it is now the Dyckman Farm House Museum in New York, NY. Next is a German Stone House shown on page 12. Built in 1740, it is called Hager's Fancy, and is located in Hagerstown, MD.

Flemish Farmhouse, 1783

German Stone House, 1740

Here is an example of the Carpenter's Gothic style. It is the Delamater House in Rhinebeck, NY, built in 1844 and pictured on page 22. After that is an Italian Villa, the Morse-Libby House in Portland, ME, built from 1859-63. It appears on page 23.

Carpenter's Gothic, 1844

Italian Villa, 1859-63

On page 28, we find an example of a Stick Style house. Built in 1879, the Emlen house is in Cape May, NJ. The next one, from page 31, is one of the demolished Chicago houses I mentioned above, so it is the only one where I guessed on the colors. But it was an educated guess because of all the research I did. It is a Richardson Romanesque, built in 1882 for Edward E. Ayer, who was quite well known for his writings on American Indians and early American history. I have also since bought a book entitled Henry Hobson Richardson and His Works to learn more about this style, which I find beautiful and interesting.

Stick Style, 1879

Richardson Romanesque, 1882

Then there is an example of modern Pueblo in Albuquerque, N.M. from 1929. It is labeled as the Zimmerman House, but it is now called University House at UNM. It appears on page 39. On page 42, we see The Glass House, a Miesian design. Built in 1948, it was the residence of Philip Johnson in New Canaan, CT. (Ooh, I don't think I'd like to live in that one!)

Modern Pueblo, 1929

Miesian Glass House, 1948

And last is a contemporary house by John Milnes Baker. It appears, exactly like the picture, (grill included, but no people), on the cover of a book about his works. Built in 1981, it is the last house in the coloring book.

Contemporary, 1981


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