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1-1/2 story homes: Cape Cod, Georgian, Tudor,
Contemporary Adaptions. Farmington Hills, Mich..
[LC call number: NA7205.A126 1986]
126 pp; illus. (some in color). Commercial
presentation of contemporary house plans by
Home Planners, Inc. providing perspective with
full floor plans; cubic feet. Cape Cod houses
are included on pages 9-14; 20; 27-34.
Andrews, Peter. "The Cape Cod: A New England
Treasure House."; American Heritage (Mar.
1973: 2-6 [LC call number: E171.A43, 1973 Mar.)
Deals with Cape Cod House of John Young Newcomb,
which was visited and written about by Henry
Baisly, Clair. Cape Cod Architecture. Orleans,
Mass.: Parnassus Imprints, Inc., 1989. [LC
call number: NA7235.M42 C3735 1989].
210 pp; small line illus. for architectural
terms. Very general overview of types of architecture
on the Cape, including the Cape Cod cottage,
described on pages 35-54. Historical characteristics;
development of the floor plan; differences between
early Upper Cape and Lower Cape domestic architecture.
A glossary of architectural terms. No specific
Bruce, Curt. Revelations of New England
Architecture: People and Their Buildings. New York: Grossman
Publishers, 1975. [LC call number: NA 715
179 pp; illus. Very readable explanation of
components of the earliest types of buildings
in the Northeast. For Cape Cod houses, Chapter
I, "England Versus the Elements: The Puritan
Compromise,"; provides a basic understanding
of how early settlers chose to build and how
compromises later occurred. In Chapter 2, "Under
the Skin,"; the interior layout of the
Puritan home is discussed, with the floor plan
of a typical chimney-house shown on page 26.
The Cape Cod style is briefly explained on pages
32-33. Page 46 shows a Cape Cod house in Sandwich.
Bryant, Carrolla A. Pilgrim Homes and
How They Were Built. [West Duxbury, Mass.]: n.p., 1934.
[LC call number: NA707.B8]
26 pp.; illus. An excellent study of the components
of the Cape Cod house: chimney, roof, windows,
various rooms, hardware, farming. Includes photos
of Cape Cod houses, including the Bradford House
in Kingston, and the Delano Cottage in West
Duxbury whose history and restoration are described
in two chapters. Foreword and history chapter
by the Delano Cottage’s owner Gleason
Cape Cod Home & Garden. Chatham, Mass.:
Cove Communications, Inc. Periodical [5 issues
a year], vol. 1, no. 1 (Mar./April 1990-) [LC
call number NK202.C37]
Periodical with articles on famous historical
homes on the Cape, with emphasis on interior
"The Cape Cod Style."; The
Old House Journal, 27, no. 5 (September 1, 1999): 67.
[LC call number: TH3401.O43]
Describes development of the Cape Cod style
house and its types (half, double, and three-quarter)
as they have appeared throughout American history.
Examples of the 20th century Cape Cod house
and a discussion of its popularity.
Chamberlain, Samuel. Cape Cod in the
York: Hastings House, 1937. [LC call number:
96 pp; illus. Photographic study of landmarks,
streets, and architecture of the Cape, including
ten exterior black-and- white views of Cape
Cod houses.. Page 14 shows a Cape Cod houses
in Sandwich, Mass.; page 42 a wayside inn in
Yarmouthport, page 51 a cottage in East Dennis,
page 52 another in East Dennis, page 62 cottages
in Chatham, page 64 one in North Chatham, page
67 one in Chathamport,, page 68 a 1792 Cape
in Orleans, and page 90 shows the oldest house
"Classic Cape Cod Cottage."; Colonial
Homes, Vol. 23, no. 6 (November 1997): 90-94.
[LC call number: E162 .H68]
House design by William Poole which is an
adaptation of a Cape Cod house from his "Romantic
Cottage Collection.";. 2,076 square feet
two-story house detailed in color photos, interior
drawings, floor plans, with blueprint ordering
Connally, Ernest Allen. "The Cape Cod
House: An Introductory Study."; Journal
of the Society of Architectural Historians,
vol. 19 no. 2 (May 1960): 47-56. [LC call number:
NA1.A327, 1960 May]
A valuable and comprehensive historical study
of this style, 1750-1850. History of the development
of the Lower Cape of Massachusetts and its buildings.
Discussion of the floor plan and room use over
time, with specific houses illustrated such
as the Baker-Biddle House, Higgins-Avery House,
and Rowell House at Wellfleet, the Cox-Wheeler
House in S. Truro, the Hallett House in Yarmouth.
Stylistic developments up to the 1850s.
Crosby, Katherine. The Cape Type of House. Yarmouthport,
Mass.: C.W. Swift, "Register"; Press,
1927. [LC call number: NA707 .C85]
6 pp.. Part of series, Library of Cape Cod
History & Geneaology, no. 10.
Gives history and geneaology. Discusses the
later development in 1700-1825 of the "Cape
type." States common features as being
one story and a half high. Usually sit side
to the road. They have big chimneys, usually
opposite the front door, with low profile and
no foundations. No projecting eaves. Their front
windows set close up to the roof. Most of the
Cape houses are partly or fully shingled. Cites
examples. General color is silver grey, windows
have plank frames instead of box frames , floors
are wide planking.
Cummings, Abbott Lowell. The Framed Houses
of Massachusetts Bay, 1625-1725. Cambridge,
Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1979. [LC call
number: NA730 .M4C85]
261 pp.; 281 illus. with diagrams, plans,
photos. Discusses the English-derived hall/parlor
floor plan where the chimney serves both rooms
as a pattern that continued through the centuries
in American houses such as the Cape Cod type
(pages 6-7). Chapters on each component of the
colonial house: the floor plan and its development,
the frame, the chimney. While the Cape Cod house
is not individually treated, this is a useful
overall guide to the development of the colonial
timber-framed house of which it is a derivative.
Doane, Doris. A Book of Cape Cod Houses. Drawings
by Howard L. Rich. Old Greenwich, Conn.: Chatham
Press; distrib. by Viking Press, New York,
1970. [LC call number: NA707.D6]
91 pp.; ill.; plans, perspective drawings,
interior details. Very useful introductory gudie
to the style. Some specific houses mentioned,
such as the Atwood House in Chatham, Mass,;
the Wick House in Falmouth, Massachusetts and
the Nathaniel Freeman House in Dennis. Excellent
description of basic floor plan, and rooms found
in the three sizes of "Capes;"; interior
details Conclusion on pages 87-88 mentioned
Royal Barry Wills as responsible for 20th-century
renaissance. Bibliography, pp. 91.
Kittredge, Henry. Cape Cod: Its People
and Their History. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin Co.,
1930. [LC call number: F72.C3 K62]
344 pp.; front., plates, ports., maps. Bibliography
pp. 327-330. In the chapter "How the Early
Settlers Lived,"; pages 76-80, the early
Cape houses are described, including the Sears
House in Dennis, Mass.
Learning Zone Express (Firm). House Styles:
A Tour Through Time. Owatonna, Minn.: Learning
Zone Express, 2001. 1 videocassette. [Not in
Overview of U.S. housing styles, including Cape
Maurer, David and Stephen Freeburg. "Cape
Cod Houses."; Colonial Homes, vol. 21,
no. 2 (April 1995): 102-107. [LC call number:
Study of the Cape Cod style house. Elements
of its form; examples with floor plans.
Metropolitan Federal Savings and Loan Association,
Boston. A Group of Fifty New England Colonial
Homes from the Designs of Miles Standish Richmond,
Architect. Boston, Mass.: Metropolitan Federal
Savings and Loan Association, 1939. [LC call
number BA7573 .M4]
59 pp.; illus. (including plans). Five contemporary
Cape Cod houses are featured with perspective
and floor plans on pages 16, 36, 42, 44, and
56. Three variant or modified Capes are also
illustrated on pages 13, 29, and 34.
Morash, Russell and Bob Vila. Two-Story
[Alexandria, Va.}: PBS Video, 1988. 6 videocassettes
(60 mins. each). Part of television series
"This Old House." [Not in LC]
Discusses structural flexibility of the
style and its rediscovery in the 1940s.,
New England Sampler: A Treasury of Home
Plans & Decorating
Ideas from Colonial America: 264 plans, 200
Interiors. Tucson, Ariz.: Home Planners, 1993.
[LC call number NA7210 .N48 1993]
383 pp; illus. (some in color). Useful visual
presentation of the modern 20th century "Cape
Cod."; Chronology of Colonial architecture;
short definition of the Cape Cod home. 39 modern
variants are detailed in perspective drawings,
floor plans, and interiors on pages 22-63.
Nieves, Evelyn. "Wanted in Levittown:
Just One Little Box with Ticky Tacky Intact."
New York Times, vol. 145, no. 50234 (November
The Levittown Historical Society is searching
for a 1947 Levitt Cape Cod house for its headquarters.
Significance of the design is discussed.
Oatman, Russell Swinton. The Cape Cod
Collection of House Designs. Princeton, Mass.: R.S. Oatman,
1985. [LC call number: NA735.M42C375 1985]
23 pp.; ill. Designs and plans. Commercial
presentation by an architect of historic houses
and contemporary plans based on historic houses.
Presentation of 11 houses with perspective drawing
and floor plans. Historic houses include Solomon
Howes House [based on] in Chatham (house no.
1 ,2, 3), a "Yarmouth"; Cape (house
no. 4). The "Old Fire Room House"; in
Lincoln, Rhode Island (House no. 5), the Dodd
House in Princeton, Mass. (House no. 7), the
Buck House in West Chatham, Mass. (House no.
8), the Sturtevant House in North Carver, Mass.
(House no. 9), as well as houses found on Cape
Ann, Beverly and Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Poor, Alfred Easton. Colonial Architecture
of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
New York: W. Helburn Inc., 1932. [LC call
number: NA7235.M4 P6]
135 black-and-white plates showing photographs,
drawings. Lavish pictorial survey of historic
houses in Cape Cod; brief foreword but no real
written treatment. Exterior views with doorways,
windows, details; interior views. Plates 118-134
are measured drawings and include the Judge
Freaman House, Dennis House, and The Motor Car
Inn (all in Dennis), plus the Jethro Coffin
House in Nantucket.
Powell, Anne Elizabeth. The New England
New York: Bantam Books, 1988. [LC call number:
NA7210 .P68 1988]
248 pp.; color illustrations. Brief outline
of development of the colonial house in Plymouth,
Mass. on pages 8-9.
Rich, Shebnah. Truro - Cape Cod, or, Land
marks and Sea Marks. Rutland, Vermont:
C.E. Tuttle, 1980. [LC call number: F74 .T9
Reprint. Originally published: Boston:
D. Lothrop, 1883. 580 pp.; plates; illus. with
local history of the area, including chapters
on "The Pilgrims in Truro,"; and "How
They Lived.."; On pages 332-342, the development
of the early houses on the Cape is described.
Pages 385-388, "Comfortable Homes";
generally describes room use, activities. Page
a "double"; Cape Cod house.
"Royal Barry Wills, Master of the modern
Cape Cod House." Old House Journal, XX,
no. 4 (July 1992): 28-29. [LC call number: Th3401.
O43, 1972 July]
Architect who repopularized the Cape Cod style
house for post-war America; examples of his
Schneider, Paul. The Enduring Shore:
A History of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.
New York: Henry Holt, 2000. [LC call number:
F72 .C3 S34 2000]
367 pp.; illus.; maps.
Schuler, Stanley. The Cape Cod House:
Most Popular Home. Exton, Pa.: Schiffer
Pub., 1982. [Not in LC]
144 p.; illus. Pictorial survey, with brief
Schuler, Stanley. Saltbox and Cape Cod
West Chester, Pa.: Schiffer Pub., 1988. [LC
call number NA7210.S39 1988]
160 pp.; ill (some in color). Pages 88-158
show mostly exterior and some interior views
Cape Cod houses in Connecticut, Massachusetts,
and Vermont. Some 20th century "Capes"; by
Royal Barry Wills. Some floor plans Mostly pictorial
treatment. Introduction "Past, Present
and Future"; described popularity of style;
pages 6-7 the origins of the "Cape"; style
Trayser, Donald G. Eastham Massachusetts,
Eastham, Mass.: Eastham Tercentenary Committee,
1951. [LC call number: F74.E2 T7]
183 pp; illus. Pages 140-146, "Old
Houses of Eastham," provide brief listing
of families associated with old houses, 6 b&w
illustrations of Cape Cod style buildings: Crosby
Tavern, Sylvanus Doane House, Thomas Gill House,
Peter Higgins House, Ella Mayo House, and Nathaniel
Whitefield, Edwin. Homes of Our Forefathers
in Massachusetts. Dedham, Mass.: E. Whitefield,
1892. [LC call number: F65 .W59]
39 mounted plates from original drawings by
Whitefield; colored paper stock. Perspectives
with brief historical information. Cape Cod
houses include the Standish House in Duxbury,
the Burton House in Plymouth.
Whorf, A. "A Style is Born: the Cape
Cod House." Country Living, vol. 12 no.
2 (Feb. 1989): 80. [LC call number: TX1 .G727]
Discusses the design of one of the most popular
and enduring architectural styles in America.
History; description; qualities of design.
Williams, Henry Lionel and Ottalie K. Williams.
A Guide to Old American Houses, 1700-1900.
New York: A.S. Barnes and Company, 1962. [LC
call number: NA7205.W5]
168 pp.; illus. (plans). Interesting study
of the development of the early traditional
New England house on pages 23-36, including
floor plans. The Cape Cod house is illustrated
in figures 1, 28, 29, and 30; pages 33-35. In
Chapter 5, "An Architectural Melting Pot,"; the
characteristics of New England Colonial, which
includes Cape Cod, is well-described on pages
Wills, Royal Barry. Houses for Good Living.
New York: Architectural Publishing Co., Inc.,
. [LC call number: NA7120.W65 1940]
104 pp; illus. (incl. plans). Wills contributed
greatly to the revival of the "Cape Cod"; style
house. 34 houses, mostly in the Northeast, are
described. Contemporary house plans include
the Cape Cod style house as seen in the Pope
and Cottle House, the Maynard Renner House,
and others. Promotional work for building new
homes with guides for the new homeowner.
Wills, Royal Barry. Houses for Homemakers.
New York: Franklin Watts Inc., 1945. [LC call
number: NA7127 .W618]
94 pp; illus. (incl. perspective drawings
and floor plans). Modern Cape Cod cottages found
on pages 36, 37, 40, 49, 56, 59, 67, 70; "Cape
Ann"; style house on page 63.
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