I is for Igloo

igloo

His skill at this work is amazing. A row of snow blocks is set in a true circle and other rows are added until there is a beehive-shaped structure on the architectural lines of a dome. The snow blocks, which are soft when cut, freeze together until in a few hours the igloo roof will bear the weight of several persons.

The text is from the book Igloo Life: A Brief Account of a Primitive Arctic Tribe Living Near One of the Most Northern Trading Posts of Revillon Freres, (1923). Click here to read the book online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2013

G is for Garage

garage

The necessary storage of oils, gasoline and other combustible materials, makes the garage a veritable fire-trap. . .the absurdity of storing a valuable automobile in a building liable to burn at any moment. . .is readily apparent.

The text is from Concrete Garages: The Fierproof Home for the Automobile, by the Atlas Portland Cement Company, New York, (190-). Click here to read the book online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2013

F is for Fireplace

fireplace

The old stone mantels of the sixteenth century have given me particular pleasure, because I had not hoped to secure pieces of such rarity. The old wrought iron cranes show what a large amount of ingenuity was expended by our forefathers in the proper fitting up of the fireplace for its important work.

The text is from Old Fireplaces and their Equipment, Collected in England, by Arthur Todhunter, (1923). Click here to read the book online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2013

E is for Earth House

earth-house

Earth is an ancient building material that is still used in many different ways with about half the world’s population still living in earth buildings. But earth building is not a phenomenon only of the Third World.

The text is from Earth Building Around the World, by the Earth Building Association of New Zealand, (2010). Click here to read the book online, or download it free, from the Internet Archive (opens as a 15-page pdf document).

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2013