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Craftsman Home No. 78

New examples of this house contintue to be located, here are three more varations offered by readers of my book and visitors to this site. The one on Long Island is the first I have found that does not appear to vary significantly from the original plans, and as a bonus the owner has the blueprints sent by Stickley!

Home built by A. M. Minier


This version was built by A. M. Minier near Highland Park, Kansas. I have received no interior photos. The plans appear to have been reversed as the chimney is on the right side of the house. The porch is brick, but the rest of the home is shingle.

Home built by William P. Cady

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William P. Cady built this home in a Pittsburgh suburb.The cross brackets crossing the chimney appear to have never been built, or have been removed. The first floor exterior is brick, with shingles ond the second floor.


The fireplace, beams and built-in bench fit Stickley's plans in the Living room, but the high window is a full double-hung window in the plans. The house is decorated for Christmas!


The Dining room has the high-set windows designed to fit over the built-in side board, but that sideboard was never built. Also, with cabinets flanking the fireplace, the access door to the kitch was not built.

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Beyond the wordwork trim details, which are not completely Stickley's "fine plainess," the bigest deviation to the plans comes with the landing and divider at the bottom of the stairs. The divider screens the entrance door and creates a small reception area. The current owners are beginning the slow process of stripping the white paint off the wood!

Unknown Owner


Based on the attendtion to detail, the use of Craftsman hardware and careful observation the blueprints, including the construction of the chimney, this house appears to have been built by Stickley's Craftsman Home Building Company about 1910 on the north fork of Long Island, outside New York City. Most of the windows have been replaced by "energy efficient" ones which do allow clear views of the water and surrounding countryside, but are totally inappropriate.There also is the addition of a porch railing, which may or may not be original.


I cannot express enough my excitement on being told of this house, and the discovery that the plans, which are not in the Avery Library, exist! This home is the most complete realization of the original plans, and having the blueprints allow us to compare them to the other homes we have found, and to better understand the deviations made by those builders. Unfortunately, this home has suffered some changes that alter the "Stickley, look," but they are not irreversible. Some of the beautiful chestnut woodwork has been painted and will require careful stripping. While the kitchen and pantry have been changed (not pictured), the bathrooms still show their original fixtures and design. There is a small screened area added to the front porch, later.

As you can see, the restoration is beginning, and I hope the owner will let me show you the completion when she is finished!


Side elevation drawings


The rear eleavation


The first floor plans


The second floor plans


This veiw is an almost exact duplicate of the interior scetch for No. 78. Repairs are being made after a pipe burst on the second floor while the home was unattended.


The plans do not indicate the facing for the fireplace. Often detail drawing sheets for fireplaces and built-in furniture such as benches, bookcases and sideboards were included in the plans package sent to the home builder—if they were in this set, they have not survived.


The dining room sideboard has Stickley's hammered copper hardware—sadly the chestnut trim and the built-in have been painted.


The second floor hallway has unpainted chestnut trim and Craftsman style doors. The radiator is not connected, it was moved because of the repair work on the burst pipe.

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Except for the light fixturea and the replaced window the bathroom retains its tile, sink and tub.