The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors: A Tale of by Henry Petroski

By Henry Petroski

An architectural whodunit that unlocks the secrets and techniques of a hand-built home.

whilst Henry Petroski and his spouse Catherine acquired a captivating yet modest six-decades-old island retreat in coastal Maine, Petroski couldn’t aid yet respect its strange development. An eminent professional on engineering, heritage, and layout, he started brooding about in regards to the place’s origins and evolution: Who equipped it, and the way? What wishes, fabrics, applied sciences, historic advancements, and legislation formed it? How had it fared over the years with its a variety of population?

Sleuthing round dimly lit closets, knotty-pine wall panels, or even a mystery passage―but by no means elimination loads as a nail―Petroski zooms in at the information but additionally steps again to envision the constitution within the context of its time and place.

Catherine Petroski’s appealing photos seize the clues and the ambience. a colourful solid of friends and previous residents―most significantly the house’s masterful writer, an engineer-turned-“folk architect”―become key characters within the story.

As the secret unfolds, revealing a rare condominium and its environs, this ode to loving layout will depart readers enchanted and inspired.

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Steen and Claire W.  . thence running in a general southwesterly direction along said land of Steen a distance of 137 feet more or less, to an iron pipe; thence running in a general westerly direction along the northerly line of land now or formerly of John Wood and Manli Ho a distance of 235 feet, more or less, to a 24 inch in diameter pine tree (1984) marking the point of beginning of the premises conveyed herein; thence continuing in a general westerly direction along land of said Wood and Ho a distance of 430 feet, more or less, to the base of a large pine tree that hangs over the Kennebec River; thence running in a general northeasterly direction along the Kennebec River a distance of 600 feet, more or less, to an iron rod at the base of a 12 inch in diameter pine tree (1984), which said pine tree stands at the mouth of a small swale; thence running S 16° W (1984 magnetic) along land of William I.

His prize money helped him attend Newark College of Engineering, where he studied mechanical engineering. If he had an opportunity to join General Motors, he declined it, choosing instead to stay close to home. ” The younger Phinney rode to and from work with his boss, and he would continue to do so for about a decade. Bob Phinney’s future bride, Wilhelmina Straatsma, was born in 1917 to Dutch immigrants living in Roselle Park, New Jersey, which is only about five miles south of the Oranges. Her mother died in childbirth, and so her father brought up Billie, as she was called, and her brother, Theodore, who would die of a ruptured appendix when he was fourteen years old.

For a while we entertained the idea of having a retreat in the mountains. We had driven our son, Stephen, to summer camp near Burnsville, North Carolina, in the shadow of Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi. Though Burnsville is not convenient to much else, on the way to and from it we passed idyllic summer colonies on tranquil mountain lakes. But the narrow, winding roads around them were not conducive to relaxing or to keeping lunch down. We decided that we were not likely to buy or build a log cabin in those woods.

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