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A. W. BUEL and C. S. HILL

Joint Authors of "Reinforced Concrete”

NEWTON HARRISON, E.E.

Author of “Electric Wiring, Diagrams, and Switchboards”

FREDERICK E. TURNEAURE, C.E., Dr.Eng.

Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Engineering, University

of Wisconsin Joint Author of "Public Water Supplies,” “Theory and Practice of Modern

Framed Structures,” “Principles of Reinforced Concrete Construction"

J. R. CRAVATH and V. R. LANSINGH

Joint Authors of “Practical Illumination"

JOSEPH KENDALL FREITAG, B.S., C.E.

American Society of Civil Engineers
Author of "Architectural Engineering,” “Fireproofing of Steel Buildings,"

"Fire Prevention and Fire Protection"

WILLIAM H. BIRKMIRE, C.E.

Author of "Planning and Construction of High Office Buildings," "Architec

tural Iron and Steel, and Its Application in the Construction of Buildings," Compound Riveted Girders," "Skeleton Structures," etc.

EVERETT U. CROSBY and HENRY A. FISKE

Joint Authors of "Handbook of Fire Protection for Improved Risk"

CARNEGIE STEEL COMPANY

Authors of “Pocket Companion, Containing Useful Information and Tables

Appertaining to the Use of Steel"

ALPHA PIERCE JAMISON, M.E.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Drawing, Purdue University
Author of "Advanced Mechanical Drawing"

H. G. RITCHEY

Superintendent of Construction, U. S. Public Buildings
Author of "A landbook for Superintendents of Construction, Architects,

Builders, and Building Inspectors"

HENRY MCGOODWIN

Author of “Architectural Shades and Shadows"

VIGNOLA

Author of “The Five Orders of Architecture,” American Edition by Pro

fessor Ware

CHAS. D. MAGINNIS

Author of “Pen Drawing, An Illustrated Treatise"

FRANZ S. MEYER

Professor in the School of Industrial Art, Karlsruhe
Author of "Handbook of Ornament," American Edition

RUSSELL STURGIS

Author of "A Dictionary of Architecture and Building," "How to Judge

Architecture"

A. D. F. HAMLIN, A.M.

Professor of Architecture, Columbia University
Author of "A Textbook of the History of Architecture"

RALPH ADAMS CRAM, Litt.D.

Professor of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Author of "Church Building"

C. H. MOORE

Author of "Development and Character of Gothic Architecture"

ROLLA C. CARPENTER, C.E., M.M.E.

Professor of Experimental Engineering, Cornell University
Author of "Heating and Ventilating Buildings”

WILLIAM PAUL GERHARD

Author of "A Guide to Sanitary House Inspection," "Sanitation of Public

Buildings,” “Theater Fires and Panics,” “Water Supply, Sewerage, and
Plumbing of Modern City Buildings”

I. J. COSGROVE

Author of “Principles and Practice of Plumbing":

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FLOOR PLAN OF RESIDENCE OF CLIFFORD OFF AT PEORIA, ILLINOIS

Hewitt and Emerson, Architects, Peoria, Illinois

For exterior view see reverse side of page

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RESIDENCE OF CLIFFORD OFF AT PEORIA, ILLINOIS

Hewitt and Emerson, Architects, Peoria, Illinois
A rather interesting example of a symmetrical exterior fitted to an unsymmetrical plan. The house is of brick veneer construction

with a slate roof. Cost about $14,000. For floor plans see reverse side of page.

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Foreword

HE building industry is today one of our most

important and permanent institutions. Every 1 new family unit must find a dwelling place, every new industry must be properly housed in order to do its work without hindrance from the weather. But with this development have come complications never dreamed of by our forefathers. In former years, every carpenter was a builder and he did very well for he confined himself to simple jobs—in fact there were none but simple jobs. There were then no complications with plumbing, gas and water fitting, heating, electric wiring, etc. There were no city ordinances to comply with, no building restrictions to be acquainted with. The laws regarding property rights, labor, etc., were simple, and the question of material was not as complicated.

Today, however, all these things must be considered even if a building is to be erected in a comparatively small town. Most villages have some kind of water system, electricity and gas are almost everywhere, and the house builder demands more artistry in the design and more comforts within the home. Year by year, the practices of our best builders are becoming more standardized, more refined, and more practical. New methods, new tools, and labor-saving ideas are being evolved as new problems of construction present themselves. It therefore behooves every contractor and builder to keep in touch with the progress of the art by possessing handbooks and reference works which will show him the way.

In the preparation of these volumes, the aim has been to create not merely a work which will appeal to the trained expert but one that will commend itself to the beginner and to the self-taught practical man by broadening his knowledge beyond the limits of his experience.

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