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Patron+ Good Ole Days: Hints to House Builders from the Birmingham Iron Age April 2, 1874

(Transcribed from the from the Birmingham Iron Age April 2, 1874)


  • Avoid such lots as will require your house to face North.
  • Have your living rooms to face South always, if possible.
  • Put your hall on the North side of the house.
  • Don’t spoil your sunny windows by stretching a piazza outside which will keep the sun away.
  • Live in your pleasantest room.
  • Build no parlors to shut up; what is good enough for you is good enough for visitors.

219 Second Street (House), Thomas, Jefferson County, AL ca. 1890 (by Sue Benz, Historical Survey, HAER AL-114 Library of Congress)

Have a bow window in your living room. Make your windows large, and enough of them. Have plenty of good closets. A goodly pantry and a closet should be connected with the kitchen. Build a fire-place in your living room.

The height of your rooms should be one-third the sum of the width and length of your living room.

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  1. I’m interested in the Mobile area. Would like to see more information about this part of Alabama

  2. RE:
    1890 Birmingham house

    Wonder if Sue Benz has an interior photo that would show the face of the window unit air conditioner.

    The aluminum screen door on the front porch is sure 20th century mordernistic too.

    [ Just funnin! ]

  3. My dad. Robert Atkinson, grew up on 2nd street in Thomas.

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