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The William Loftland House and the William D. Baker House, Philadelphia, PA
The William D. Lofland House, Philadelphia, PA. 1854 The 1854, William Lofland house, 4100 Pine St at the corner of 41st, is perhaps one of my favorite houses in Philadelphia. In this building, Sloan created a unique profile perhaps based on Design 9, altho...

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Sloan's "The Model Architect" Vol. 2
Continuing to Volume 2 of The Model Architect we find Sloan further expanding his Italianate designs, though the volume as post plan books go, starts off with more expensive designs and moves toward less expensive designs, with some exceptions. Design 27: "...

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Sloan's "The Model Architect" Vol. 1
In the 19th century, the plan book was the primary way, as today, most people selected the designs for the houses they planned on building. While some 19th century towns were lucky to have an architect who could spend time designing a house in tune with the...

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Pine Street, between 40th and 41st, Philadelphia, PA
Speculative Double house at 41st and Pine. The houses on Pine Street in West Philadelphia between 40th and 41st are a good example of the architecture that once dominated this suburb in its earliest stages. Nathaniel B. Browne and Samuel A. Harrison, two of...

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The Joseph S. Winter House, Montgomery, AL
"Winter Place" Montgomery, AL. 1851/2 Photo: Wikimedia The Joseph S. Winter house, designed by Sloan in 1852 for an inventor, banker, and owner of an ironworks in Montgomery, was another early commission, but one out of state, in Alabama. The house was publ...

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"Bartram Hall" the Andrew M. Eastwick House, Philadelphia, PA
"Bartram Hall" the Andrew Eastwick House, Philadelphia, PA. 1851 Courtesy: The Library Company of Philadelphia Courtesy: The Library Company of Philadelphia Andrew Eastwick, a locomotive manufacturer, gave Sloan his first commission in 1850 after a return f...

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Samuel Sloan: Italianate Planner and Architectural Theorist
Woodland Terrace in Philadelphia (1861). This is Sloan's most impressive surviving architectural ensemble and is characteristic of his numerous works in West Philadelphia. Perhaps no other architect worked as hard as Samuel Sloan (1815-1884) to popularize n...

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'Bellevoir' the Hamilton Ormsby House, Lydon, KY
Hamilton Ormsby House, Lyndon, KY 1867 Photo: Wikimedia The Hamilton Ormsby house was built from 1864-7 to replace an earlier house that had burned. It is one of several impressive country houses in the suburbs of Louisville. The house was originally part o...

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The Nathaniel Wilson House, East Millstone, NJ
The N. Wilson House, East Millstone, NJ. 1888 Photo: Wikimedia This somewhat strange house was built by Nathaniel Wilson, a hardware store owner, in the small town of East Millstone in 1888, yet the elaborateness of the design makes this house far too sophi...

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The John G. Schenck House, Neshanic, NJ
The John G. Schenck House, Neshanic, NJ 1858 Photo: Wikimedia The John G. Schenck house at 305 Maple Ave. in Neshanic was built in 1858 (finished 1865) for a wealthy farmer and was originally named "Shadow Lawn". The house is an exquisite, high style, examp...
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