Hodgson's Low Cost American Homes was published in 1905. The plans shown are representative of the majority of houses built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The buildings range in size from small, four-room cottages and capacious early foursquare farmhouses to palatial late Queen Annes and Victorian Stick Style homes. In addition, there are plans for churches, schools, and even an Iowa barn.
Amenities often included some built-in closets and a bath room, but just as often the bathroom housed only a tub. Other necessary business was presumably still a short hike to the outhouse on the other side of the lot.
Fred T. Hodgson was began his career as a carpenter eventually becoming notable for helping to popularize the small, bungalow-style houses of the first two decades of the 20th century. Hodgson, a Canadian from Collingwood in Ontario, was born in 1838. From 1878 to his death in 1919, Mr. Hodgson edited the American Builder, as well as writing and editing scores of books on carpentry, house building, and architectural design.
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