The Book of the Cheap Cottages Exhibition : containing a…

The Book of the Cheap Cottages Exhibition : containing a complete catalogue with plans, and articles on the origin of the exhibition and Garden City, and cottage building problems.

London published for the Committee by "The County Gentleman and Land and Water", 1905

176 p., [1] leaf of plates : ill., plans (1 fold.) Quarto. Green gilt lettered cloth. Cloth a little rubbed. Ex library with old bookplate on front paste down and stamps on verso of folding plan, which is a little creased. Else a good copy of this scarce exhibition catalogue with no external library markings. Bookplates indicates presentation to the library by Miss B A Mitchell. . The 1905 Cheap Cottages Exhibition helped to shape and establish Letchworth Garden City soon after its launch. The event responded to the shortage of cottages in rural areas, caused by restrictive by-laws that allowed only expensive materials. Mr J. St Loe Strachey started a campaign to solve this after his article, 'In Search of a £150 Cottage', and the Garden City Company approved the idea of an exhibition and provided it with sites in the centre of Letchworth. Architects were able to produce innovative designs, without the restrictions of by-laws, using new materials to build affordable cottages for rural labourers.

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