Figure 1 (above). Photograph of the rear of the house, p 69.

Figure 2 (below). Floor plans for first and second floors, p 69.

The above photographs are the only known interior images of the A. P. Baugh house during the family's occupation. It is interesting to note how the design aesthetic of the exterior has been carried out in the interior decor as well. Notice the wood panelling along the wall and mantles and the special attention given to the exposed ceiling beams. There is a high level of craftsmanship visible in the carved details on the main stairway banister and newel posts (figure 5).

The overall atmosphere is in the Baugh house is rather rustic, a reflection of the popular style at the time. Wealthy homeowners like A. P. Baugh rejected the Victorian aesthetics of the late 19th century and embraced a new style sometimes referred to as the Craftsman style. The Craftsman style drew on many influences including the writings John Ruskin and Henry Morris in England as well as Gustav Stickly in the United States.One should not be fooled by the simplistic appearance of the wooden furniture and home decor. The Craftsman style placed great emphasis on the hand-crafted objects, thus the majority of the furniture and architectural detailing in Mr. Baugh's house would have been the creation of a skilled artisan, who would have expected generous compensation. Mr. Baugh must have been a modern and stylish man for the intimacy of his residence to be deemed worthy of publication.

It is rare and fortunate that such descriptive interior images survive of the Baugh House. They serve as a subtle yet lasting example of David K. Boyd's designs and the taste of his clients.

Figure 6. Photograph of the first floor living room, p 70.
Figure 3. Photograph of the entrance drive, p 71.
Figure 4. Photograph of the interior hall fireplace and mantle, p 70.
Figure 5. Photograph of the interior main stairway, p 70.
In 1906 House and Gardens magazine published a collection of photographs highlighting American homes and gardens from all over the nation. Included in the book is a house at Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, owned by Arthur P. Baugh, Esq. and designed by David K. Boyd.

The only text in the book is found in the four page introduction written by Donn Barber.

Barbor makes the claim that American country houses "have a distinction of their own which arouses the respectful admiration of all who are competent to judge of their merits. They faithfully express our modern American civilization and show a certain sensible comfort found in another land." He concludes by saying, "but in all, both in the House and in the Garden, we shall find evidence that we have learned much from restraint. There is still much to learn, but the trend seems to be in the right direction and the development of something approaching perfection is only a matter of time and opportunity" (p. 9-12). The homes and gardens chosen for the publication were considered at the time to be the most desirable and intended to help celebrate the uniquely American country home.

The inclusion of Mr. Baugh's house reflects well upon David K. Boyd as an architect and the influence his designs may have had in the genre of country homes. Many other houses and gardens included in the book are currently national landmarks, such as the house and gardens at Mount Vernon, Virginia, appearing in the pages directly before the Baugh house. Present day Americans are familiar with Mount Vernon in Virginia although very few have heard of David Knickerbacker Boyd. Boyd's legacy has not lived on, yet the inclusion of his designs in such a presitigous publication is a testament to his talent and appeal in that era.

The following images are taken from American Country Homes and Their Gardens.


edited by John Cordis Baker

introduction by Donn Barber

published in Philadelphia by House & Garden and The John C. Winston Co.

copyright 1906