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By Annmarie Adams

Adams argues that the numerous major alterations noticeable during this interval have been due to not architects' efforts yet to the paintings of feminists and wellbeing and fitness reformers. opposite to the generally held trust that the house symbolized a shelter and refuge to Victorians, Adams finds that middle-class homes have been truly thought of toxic and hazardous and explores the involvement of physicians in exposing " bad" structure and designing better family environments. She examines the contradictory roles of middle-class girls as either regulators of fit homes and assets of illness and possibility inside their very own houses, rather in the course of childbirth. "Architecture within the relatives manner" sheds mild on an ambiguous interval within the histories of structure, drugs, and ladies, revealing it to be a time of turmoil, now not of growth and reform as is frequently assumed.

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Wall­ papers were commonly manufactured with arsenic in order to achieve bright colours, particularly shades o f green. ” 80 The Victorian obsession with drainage was fuelled by enthusiasm for all three theories o f the spread o f infection; experts feared not only the gases escaping from sewers and sewage but also the accumulation of sew­ age in the dwelling. Drains and cesspools, said the sanitarians, often leaked into wells and ground water, and they gave examples o f these leak­ ages in their publications.

All rights reserved. S. or applicable copyright law. 53 Visitors entered the basement o f the unhealthy house, ascended through three levels representing the various rooms in a typical house, and then crossed a passage to the top floor o f the second model, the healthy house. The four levels o f this second building were then seen in descending order. The tour finished in the basement. The Insanitary Dwelling was intended to incite fear by its resemblance to one’s own house. ” asked a visitor.

S. or applicable copyright law. 26 Architecture in the Family W ay o f a complcx series o f relatively open spaces, linked by water, leading to the illuminated fountains and eventually to die memorial to the exhibi­ tion o f 1851. The Old London Street and the Water Pavilion offered an illustrative lesson in the value o f municipal control over the public landscape. Lon­ don’s open spaces - the street, the court, even the river - were described as unquestionably clean and healthy by the promoters o f the health exhibition in 1884.

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