THE rapid evolution of constructive methods in recent years, as illustrated in the use of steel and concrete, and the increased size and complexity of buildings, has created the necessity for an authority which shall embody accumulated experience and approved practice along a variety of correlated lines. The Cyclopedia of Architecture, Carpentry, and Building is designed to fill this acknowledged need.

There is no industry that compares with Building in the close interdependence of its subsidiary trades. The Architect, for example, who knows nothing of Steel or Concrete construction is today as much out of place on important work as the Contractor who cannot make intelligent estimates, or who understands nothing of his legal rights and responsibilities. A carpenter must now know something of Masonry, Electric Wiring, and, in fact, all other trades employed in the erection of a building; and the same is true of all the craftsmen whose handiwork will enter into the completed structure.

Neither pains nor expense have been spared to make the present work the most comprehensive and authoritative on the subject of Building and its allied industries. The aim has been, not merely to create a work which will appeal to the trained expert, but one that will commend itself also to the beginner and the self-taught, practical man by giving him a working knowledge of the principles and methods, not only of his own particular trade, but of all other branches of the Building Industry as well. The various sections have been prepared especially for home study, each written by an acknowledged authority on the subject. The arrangement of matter is such as to carry the student forward by easy stages. Series of review questions are inserted in each volume, enabling the reader to test his knowledge and make it a permanent possession. The illustrations have been selected with unusual care to elucidate the text.

The work will be found to cover many important topics on which little information has heretofore been available. This is especially apparent in such sections as those on Steel, Concrete, and Reinforced Concrete Construction; Building Superintendence; Estimating; Contracts and Specifications, including the principles and methods of awarding and executing Government contracts; and Building Law.

The Cyclopedia is a compilation of many of the most valuable Instruction Papers of the American School of Correspondence, and the method adopted in its preparation is that which this School has developed and employed so successfully for many years. This method is not an experiment, but has stood the severest of all tests - that of practical use - which has demonstrated it to be the best yet devised for the education of the busy working man.

In conclusion, grateful acknowledgment is due the staff of authors and collaborators, without whose hearty co-operation this work would have been impossible.

RESIDENCE FOR MAJOR GENERAL W. A. BANCROFT, GROTON, MASS.

RESIDENCE FOR MAJOR-GENERAL W. A. BANCROFT, GROTON, MASS.

Ripley & Russell, Architects, Boston, Mass. Walls of Moss-grown Field Stones; Half-timber work, with Plaster Gables and Shingle Roof.

For plan, see next succeeding plate.

FIRST FLOOR, PLAN

FIRST FLOOR, PLAN

MOUSE " - GEN W.A.BANCROFT

CROTON MASS.

RIPLEY & RUSSELL ARCHITECTS

PLAN OF RESIDENCE FOR MAJOR-GENERAL THE HON. W. A. BANCROFT, GROTON, MASS.

Ripley & Russell, Architects, Boston, Mass. For Exterior View, Reproduced in Color, See Frontispiece in this Volume

BUILDING FOR AMERICAN SCHOOL OF CORRESPONDENCE, CHICAGO, ILL.

BUILDING FOR AMERICAN SCHOOL OF CORRESPONDENCE, CHICAGO, ILL.