Antique Home Bibliography

Vintage home and garden source material

The following books, magazines, and catalogs have been used throughout this site a various ways. Plan books and other materials have been reproduced when issues of copyright have been resolved. Though not footnoted in a scholarly way, the following have contributed to the site.

Inside your old home

Outside your old home

Radford, William A. Practical Carpentry Vol. 1. Chicago, IL: The Radford Architectural Co., 1907.

The Home Supplement of Womans Weekly. Chicago, IL: Magazine Circulation Co., 1922.

Koues, Helen. How to Beautify Your Home. New York: Good Housekeeping, 1930.

How to Paint. Sears, Roebuck, and Co., 1954.

Biles, Roy E. The Complete Book of Garden Magic. New York: Tudor Publishing, 1947.

Hoyt, Roland Stewart, compiled by. Check Lists for Ornamental Plants of Subtropical Regions. San Diego, CA: Livingston Press, 1958.

House Plans (arranged chronologically)


The Radford American Homes. Chicago, Il: Radford Architectural Company, (Montgomery Ward & Co. Edition), 1903

Radford's Cement Houses and How to Build Them. Chicago, Il: Radford Architectural Company, 1909.

Fred T. Hodgson, Ed. Hodgsons Low Cost American Homes. Chicago IL: Frederick J. Drake & Company, 1905

Aladdin Homes. Aladdin Homes: Manufactured by the North American Construction Company of Bay City, Michigan. Bay City, MI: North American Construction Co., 1916.

Modern Homes. Sears Roebuck and Co. Chicago, 1916.

Bennett Homes Better Built Ready-Cut. North Tonawanda, NY: Ray H. Bennett Lumber Co., Inc., 1920.

A Plan Book of Harris Homes. Harris Brothers Co. Chicago, 1920

Smart, Arthur L. Bilt-Well Homes of Comfort. 1924.

House and Garden. Chicago, IL: William A. Radford, 1924.

Home and Fireside. Chicago, IL: William A. Radford, 1925.

Wardway Homes, Bungalows, and Cottages. Montgomery Ward & Co. 1925.

Better Homes at Lower Cost. Washington, DC: Standard Homes Co., 1926.

Homes of Lasting Charm. Cleveland, OH: Common Brick Manufacturers' Assn., 1927

Honor Bilt Modern Homes–Special Supplement. Sears Roebuck and Co. 1928.

Homes of Permanency. Chicago, IL: Structural Clay Tile Association, 1929.

Homes. Davenport, IA: Gordon Van Tine Company, 1929.

Modern Homes. Sears Roebuck and Company, 1935.

John Normile, Ed. Book of Bildcost Home Plans for Distinctive Homes. Des Moines, IA: Better Homes & Gardens, 1936.

Economy Homes. Davenport, IA: Gordon-Van Tine, 1937.

Homeward Bound. National Plan Service. 1939.

New Liberty Homes. Bay City, MI: Lewis Mfg. Co., 1939.

Sterling Homes. Bay City, MI: International Mill & Timber Co., 1945.

Group, Harold E., ed. Book of Small Houses. Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing, 1946.

National Homes of Moderate Cost. National Plan Service, 1949.

Homes You Can Build Yourself. Raleigh, NC: Standard Homes Co., 1953.

Aladdin Readi-Cut Homes. Bay City, MI: North American Construction Co., 1953.

New Modern Ranch Homes. National Plan Service, 1956.

Aladdin Readi-Cut Homes. Bay City, MI: North American Construction Co., 1961.

General Architectural Reference


McAlester, Virginia & Lee. A Field Guide to American Houses. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990.

Rifkind, Carole. A Field Guide to American Architecture. New York: The New American Library, Inc., 1980.

Stevenson, Katherine Cole and H. Ward Jandl. Houses by Mail: A Guide to Houses from Sears, Roebuck, and Company. Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1986.

Hodgson, Fred T. Modern Carpentry. Sears Roebuck and Co. edition, 1917. (Contains the 1917 Modern homes catalog.)

Building with Assurance. Morgan Woodwork Organization, 1923. (Later reprinted in 1987 as Homes and Interiors of the 1920's: A Restoration Design Guide.)

Bilt Well Mill Work Catalog No. 40. Minneapolis, MN: Carr-Cullen Co., c. 1925.

Universal Design Book No. 25 on Builder's Woodwork. Dubuque, IA: Universal Catalog Bureau, 1927.


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