Designs from the Historical American Building Survey
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construction details for yesterday's cottages from all parts
of the United States.
1682 Shanunga ( Betsy Cary Cottage ),
Mitchell Street, Siasconset, Nantucket, MA
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Originally built in
1682 as a fishing shanty, the Betsy Cary Cottage was expanded
into a five room home in 1782. This pretty, rambling, shingled
building is typical of early cottages build along the coasts of
all of the New England states.
1772 Bourbon Street Cottage, New
Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
Known as "Lafitte's
Blacksmith Shop," this little home is like many early French
culture houses of eighteenth century New Orleans.
1800 Shaker South Family Friends Cottage,
Watervliet Shaker Road, Colonie Township, Watervliet, Albany, NY
This little wood
frame structure was the first building erected by the South
Family whose farm was opened in 1800. It is a fine example of
the simple but elegant style of the Shakers' furniture and
1808 Julee Cottage, 214 West Zaragoza
Street, Pensacola, Escambia, FL
cottage, built before 1808, is an example of platform frame
construction. There are stairs and an outside hatch to a low
storage loft. Its louvered window shutters and brick pier
footings are common on cottages throughout the coastal areas of
the Southeastern U.S..
1827 The Foreman's Cottage, Deserted Village, Allaire, Monmouth,
This little two-story brick cottage was the home of Joseph
Johnson, the foreman of the Hopewell Furnace iron works.
1860 Creole Cottage 204 South Joachim Street (House), Mobile,
This house is a good
example of the basic "Creole Cottage," which was common in
nineteenth-century Mobile. It is a sample of a rapidly
disappearing indigenous building type.
1880s Boelsen Cottage, West River Drive, Philadelphia,
Philadelphia County, PA
Boelson Cottage is an example of early 19th century tenement
housing. It was probably built for use as a housing
source for workers or domestics for nearby Belmont Mansion.
The Employee's Cottage is one of three identical houses built in
1924 by the United States Bureau of Fisheries for its employees
on Saint Paul Island. It was
built of poured-in-place concrete construction. Wood framing was
used for the floors, roof, and interior partitions. The exterior
of the cottage was covered in wood sheathing some time in the
late twentieth century.
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