Ready-Made Millwork
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Ready-Made Millwork

The first woodwork catalogs came out in the 1870s, and by the 1890s they offered hundreds of pages of architectural elements and trimwork, which developers mined to decorate the houses they built. "Advertisements would mention the fact that these houses had elaborate details," says architectural historian Charles Lockwood. "It was a big selling point." The oak wainscoting, doors, and columns seen here, as well as the triangular spandrel connecting the arches, were likely ordered from one such catalog.

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