Several entries here have dealt with aspects of Agincourt’s housing stock. It is the largest percentage of all building types, yet it may have received the least attention. Single-family houses alone would have come from a wide range of sources, including a broad type called “pattern books”.
Architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries expanded their market area through publication of plan books, residential designs collected in a sort of catalogue. Lumber yards often used these as suggestions for their customers. Knoxville, TN architect George Barber published several that included a wide price range. Barber’s designs can be found as far west as Oregon, though model #54 was built in Chicago for a client appropriately named Goodenough:
Some designs were presented with options, such as model #65; a set of plans and a material list could be had for $35.00:
Other plan collections were published by manufacturers of building materials. The Building Brick Association of America held a competition for “A Brick Bungalow to Cost $3,000” to promote its products.
The White Pine Manufacturers Association did the same for their product. Here, for example, is Russell Barr Williamson’s “Design for a White Pine House to Cost $12,000.” Would it surprise you to know that Williamson spent some time in the studio of Frank Lloyd Wright?
The so-called “women’s magazines” — House Beautiful, Ladies Home Journal, House & Garden, among them — promoted good design, like the LHJ‘s series, “A fire-proof House for $5,000”. Frank Lloyd Wright’s design is the best known of them:
It’s likely that Agincourt was touched by each of these and others of their kind. The question is how many and to what degree.