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Saltbox Houses in the Historic American Buildings Survey

Page 4: Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia and Bibliography


Dibble House, Molalla
Call number: HABS ORE, 3-MOLA.V, 2-

Rhode Island

Thomas Clemence House
Call number: HABS RI, 4-JONTO, 1-
Solomon Carpenter House
Call number: HABS RI, 5-KING, 4-


Sowell House, Scotsville
Call number: HABS, VA,2-SCOTS,5-

Selected Bibliography

"Affordable Saltbox." Builder, vol. 24 no. 11 (Aug. 15, 2001): 46.

Presentation of a modern saltbox, with plans.

Alsop, Susan Mary. "American Continuity: Remembering William Sheffield Cowles at Oldgate." Architectural Digest, vol. 43 (Sept. 1986): 170-175.

Three centuries of Cowles family history at Oldgate, a 1680 saltbox built in Farmington Connecticut. Also, its association with Anna Roosevelt, who commissioned Olmsted to lay out the gardens.

Alsop. Susan Mary. "A Colonial Sensibility: Restoring a Shingled Saltbox on Eastern Long Island." Architectural Digest, vol. 46 (June 1989): 132-139.

How an 18th-century saltbox was moved to a new site and restored.

Andrews, JeanMarie. "A Twentieth-Century Saltbox." Early American Homes, vol. 28 no. 4 (Aug. 1997):60-69.

How the Harbolds designed a modern saltbox in Connecticut. Illus. with photos, plans.

Baker, John Milnes. American House Styles: A Concise Guide. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1994. [LC Call number: NA7205.B33 1994 P&P]

In Chapter 2, "Colonial: 1600-1780," the saltbox house is explained. Includes a floor plan, and a perspective (pgs. 27-28).

Bock, Gordon. "Saltboxes and Catslides (1660-1800)." Old House Journal, vol. 29 no. 6 (Nov./Dec. 2001): 64-67.

Cover story. The history of saltboxes with diagrams and illustrations.

Clute, Shirley S. "Bidwell's Saltbox House." Historical Journal of Massachusetts, vol. 21 no. 2 (1993): 23-43.

Three generations of changes to the Adonijah Bidwell House of Monterey, Massachusetts and their social context are studied.

Colgan, Susan. "At Home in the Marsh-Whitlock House: a Restored 18th-Century Saltbox." Arts & Antiques, vol. 6 no. 4 (1983): 90-97.

Describes the restoration of a 1739 saltbox house in Connecticut.

Fine Homebuilding on Frame Carpentry. Newtown, Conn.: Taunton Press, 1990. 127 p., illus. (some color). [LC call number: TH2301.F456 1990].

Includes the chapter: "Framing an open-plan saltbox."

Gallagher, Lawrence J. "Mailing Away for a House." Esquire, vol. 108 (Sept. 1987): 84.

Manufactured houses are described, including a New England saltbox derived from a design by Acorn Structures.

"Historic Colors." Redbook, vol. 175 no. 4 (Aug. 1990): 80-87.

Authentic early American palette for restoration of an 18th century saltbox.

Holland, Elizabeth. "Laurels for a Saltbox: The Rice House is Distinguished by its Wide Market Appeal, Conventional Construction, and Inexpensive Solar Heating System." Solar Age, vol. 6 (Jan. 1981): 38 (3).

Howe, Jeffery W. A Digital Archive of American Architecture [web site]. Chestnut Hill, Mass.: Boston College, 1996- . [URL:]

About 1400 digitized images of American architecture, plus explanatory material. Includes the saltbox.

Lewis, George R. "A New England Saltbox." Early American Life, vol. 8 no. 3 (June 1977): 46-47.

Architect Lewis presents a modern 5-bay saltbox in a perspective drawing and plans.

McAlester, Virginia and Lee. A Field Guide to American Houses. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984. [LC call number: NA7205.M35 1984 P&P]

In the chapter on "Colonial Houses: Postmedieval English," discusses development of the saltbox form; perspective illustration (pgs. 105-109).

McGlinn, Evan. "Historic Houses to Go." Forbes, vol. 146 no. 4 (Aug. 20, 1990): 98-101.

Disassembling old homes and reassembling them elsewhere. Includes a 1670 saltbox from Wallingford, Connecticut moved to North Stamford.,

Pollard, Mark. "American Archetype: Always in Style." Classic American Homes, vol. 26 no. 3 (June 2000): 102.

The saltbox house's brief history; a modern version for sale from History House Plans with blueprints.

Rose, Phyllis. "A Connecticut Yankee: Restoring a designer's 1750 New England Saltbox." Architectural Digest, vol. 48 (Dec. 1991): 92-99.

Renovation of a Roxbury, Connecticut house, especially the interior.

Roth, McKie Wing, Jr. "House Plan: The Dresden Saltbox." Early American Life, vol. 17 no. 2 (April 1986): 58-59.

Architect Roth presents a saltbox design with exposed second-story beams; photo and plans.

"Seasoned Saltbox." Colonial Homes, vol. 18 no. 2 (April 1992): 66-72.

Renovation by Theodate Pope Riddle of a saltbox in Farmington, Connecticut.

Schuler, Stanley. Saltbox and Cape Cod Houses (West Chester, Pa.: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1986. 160 p., illus. (some color). [LC call number: NA7210 .S39 1988].

Brief history of the form and the development of the saltbox. Index to houses at front.

Shipman, Wanda. "A Saltbox for All Reasons." Blair & Ketchum's Country Journal, vol. 13 (Sept. 1986): 44-51.

Architect Hank Huber's country saltbox design can be re-blocked to suit needs, and has three framing options . Available from Environmental Design Associates.

Stains, Laurence R. "Kit Homes: More than a Shack in a Box." Money, vol. 15 (Jan. 1986),. 109-115.

Includes floor plans.

Swan, Joyce Ferris. "Restoring a Saltbox." Early American Life, vol. 15 no. 3 (June 1984): 41-45 86-88, 96.

The owners of the 1812 Stone-Swan House in Westfield, New York give a chronicle of its restoration. Many photographs, including interiors under construction.

Prepared by: Marilyn Ibach, Reference Specialist. Last revised: January 2002
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