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Book of 100 Houses 1902
Modern Dwelling Plans 1901
Beautiful Houses 1895
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House Plans for Everybody 1878
Woodward's Nat'l Architect 1869
Homes for the People 1855
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City & Country Homes 1893
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American Cottage Builder 1854
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Cottage Houses 1883
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Low Cost Cottages 1856
Summer Homes 1899
Retreats 1835

Mod. Cost Country Homes 1907
The Country House 1843
American Country Houses 1915
Our Country Home 1907
Sketches for Country Houses 1800
Country Residences 1852
100 Country Houses 1909
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Arch. of Country Houses 1859
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Homestead Architecture 1870
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Model Village of England 1911
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Stowe House & Gardens 1780
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Cottages & Houses in Surrey 1908
Old Cottages in Surrey 1889
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Evolution of the English House 1898
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American House Carpenter 1895
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Building Construction 1896
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Art Principles in Building 1921

Excavation 1919
Treatise on Concrete 1909
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Cement & Concrete Handbook 1911
House Drainage 1903

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TIME Magazine, March 25, 1946, p. 81:

HOUSING: Fuller's Fancy
    It didn't look much like a house. It looked more like a big inverted top. When Wichita's Fuller Houses, Inc. unwrapped its new circular house this week, house-hungry U.S. citizens got an eyeful.

    Those who remembered Designer Buckminster Fuller's "Dymaxion* Dwelling Machine" of 19 years ago could see the basic similarities in his latest product. A 36-foot round aluminum shell was suspended on a central stainless steel mast, firmly anchored and capped by a rudderlike ventilator, which turns with the wind. Inside, the house was unexpectedly spacious: two bedrooms, two baths, a large living room with fireplace, kitchen and some built-in furniture. A heating and air-conditioning unit, operated by either gas or electricity, was neatly stowed away in the innards, along with most of the plumbing. (Bucky Fuller had temporarily abandoned the idea of heating with sewage.)

    Unlike other prefabricated houses, the Fuller unit can be made with mass production materials and techniques, notably those of the aircraft industry. Beech Aircraft Corp., the only licensee so far, is now tooling up for production. It expects to be making 200 houses a day by next January. Bucky Fuller, whose company is only a sales organization, plans to license other planemakers, hopes eventually to roll houses off production lines at the rate of 185,000 a year. Washington housing officials have said that the house, turned out in idle plants, is probably the best answer yet to the housing shortage. In fact, in its April "housing" issue, FORTUNE gave it more than an even chance of revolutionizing the industry.

    One of the prime attractions of the Fuller house is its low price: not over $6,500 delivered. It is so light-- only about three tons compared with anywhere from 45 to 100 tons for an orthodox house, that it can be shipped from Wichita to any point in the U.S. for less than $100. Its biggest drawback is the drawback of all such houses: building codes automatically bar them in most cities. Bucky Fuller's house has one more drawback. It stands out like a fat thumb among conventional houses.

*A hybrid of favorite Fuller words "dynamic" and "maximize," now abandoned as too forbidding.

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