The primary object of the Author in preparing this volume has been to present to the Student, Architect and Builder a text book and guide to the materials used in Architectural Masonry and the most approved methods of doing the various kinds of work, and incidentally to point out some of the ways in which such work should not be done, and the too frequent methods of slighting the work. That there is a demand for such a work has been evidenced to the Author by numerous inquiries from Architects and instructors in our Architectural schools, and also by the fact that there exists no similar work describing American methods and materials.

In describing methods of construction the Author has drawn largely from his own observation and experience as a practicing and consulting Architect in both the Eastern and Western States, although much assistance has been obtained from prominent Architects, who have cheerfully aided him by their advice and experience, and from the various books and publications to which references are made in the text; to all such the author gratefully acknowledges his indebtedness.

To make the book convenient for practical use and ready reference, the various subjects have been paragraphed and numbered in bold-face type, and numerous cross references are made throughout the book. The table of contents shows the general scope of the book, the running title assisting in finding the various parts, and a very full index makes everything in the book easy of access. The general character of the work is descriptive, and hence rules and formulae for strength and stability have, except in a few cases, been omitted; such data being already fully presented in the Author's "Pocket Book" and other similar works.

While intended principally as a book of instruction, there is much in the book that will be found valuable for reference, and of assistance in designing and laying out mason work, preparing the specifications, and in superintending the construction of the building, so that the Author hopes that even the experienced Architect will find it of assistance in his work.

The enterprising builder, also, who wishes to thoroughly understand the materials with which he has to deal, and the way in which they should be used, will find in this book much information that cannot be readily obtained elsewhere.

To make the description as clear as possible many illustrations (mostly from original drawings) have been inserted, and an endeavor has been made to present only practical methods, and to favor only such materials as have been found suitable for the purpose for which they are recommended.


Denver, Colo., June 1, 1896.

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Extract From Contents Of Part II


Chapter I (Foundations On Firm Soils. Staking Out The Building).

Description of Woods Used in Construction and Finishing. - Characteristics, physical properties and adaptability.

Chapter II (Foundations On Compressible Soils).

Framing of Woodwork. - Framing of wooden buildings - Floors, roofs and partitions of ordinary brick buildings.

Chapter III (Layout Of Trussed Roofs - Bracing Of The Roof And Trusses).

Wood Finish. - Outside finish, door and window frames, cornices, porches, wood skylights - Inside finish, standing finish, doors, veneer and cabinet work, stairs.

Chapter IV (Outside Finish, Gutters, Shingle Roofs).

Hardware. - Heavy hardware; bolts, nails, screws - Finishing hardware; locks, knobs, bolts, butts, window trimmings.

Chapter V (Building Stones).

Sheet Metal Work. - Properties of tin, galvanized iron, copper and lead - Details of copper and galvanized iron roof trimmings, cornices, bay windows, skylights - Sheet iron siding and roofing - Furnace work.

Chapter VI (Coliseums, Armories, Train Sheds, Exposition Buildings, Etc).

Roofing. - Shingle, slate, tile, tin, copper, lead, composition and asphalt roofing - Flashing.

Chapter VII (Computing The Purlin And Truss Loads And Supporting Forces).

Painting, Varnishing and Glazing. - Composition and manufacture of paints, stains and varnishes - adulterations - adaptability - application. Glass, composition, manufacture, kinds and qualities - Glazing.

Chapter VIII (Architectural Terra Cotta).

Specifications. - Carpenters' work - Joiners' work - Hardware - Sheet metal work, furnace work - Roofing - Painting and varnishing - Glazing.