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...Vintage Cottage 1877 with pantry


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Vintage cottage 1877, Kitchen with pantry: 12x14 feet

Plans for the vintage home featured here were first published in the December 1877 issue of Manufacturer and Builder, a New York City-based building industry news magazine. The plans clearly show a separate family room in addition to the more formal parlor.

The visionary architect who — almost 130 years ago — anticipated one of the most important home design trends of the late 20th century was Lawrence V. Valk. He worked out of offices at 229 Broadway.

According to the magazine, the frame-built house sat on a stone foundation, sold for $3,600 and included a parlor and “a family or sitting room” on the first floor. Also on the first floor were a kitchen and pantry off the home’s dining room. Upstairs were “five good-sized bedrooms.”