Chains and Repeats
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Crown Heights North I 1894
Very unusual pattern. Note use of strong grain.
Park Slope 1892
The field parquet is 8-3/4" of five 1-3/4" strips. I have no idea what all the woods are (besides the obvious mahogany and maple). See measured drawing
Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Historic District 1905
There were no corner blocks. The pattern was taken around the corners. Inner majogany blocks are 2" square. The pattern border is 6" wide. It is surrounded with 1" oak, 1/2" mahogany, and 1-1/2" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in a 12" square.
Lefferts Manor 1909
Quite the enhancement over the one below. This has two ribbons running through a chain. I think this is too much for this design. The following are better.
Crown Heights Park Place Historic District c1901
The pattern border is 4" wide. Surrounded by 1/2" oak, 1/2" mahogany and 1" oak. Inner field is diagonal fingerblock with 2" slats in an 8" square.
Prospect Park South Historic District 1903
Inner pattern border is 4" wide, with 1/2" maple and mahogany alongside. The 4" is evenly divided into the walnut and oak bands. Pattern repeat is 8". I prefer this corner without the corner block. Inner field is 1-1/2" slats diagonally.
Park Slope 1894
A neo-Renaissance built by Jeremiah Gilligan. From a listing when it was on the market in 2010. My guess at its measurements
. The diagonal parquet appears to be 10" squares of 2" strips. The irregular hexagon and Isosceles trapezoid between the flowers are 6" from point to point, and 4" on the sides. This is No. 2394
in the 1903 and 1908 E.L. Roberts catalogs. The corner is slightly different. The band of cherry running through the middle of the border is also between the maple squares in the corner. I would have it both ways. Their way where it meets a border. The way here for the sides not adjacent to a border. Or even better: No bordered corner block, but have the border pattern continue around the corner
. The catalog has 8" wide. I came up with 7-1/2". It is listed as oak, maple, and cherry.
South Midwood 1910
Bands are 7/8" wide. Overall pattern width is 6-3/16" wide. Note that inside the squares is three rectangular pieces of wood. Inner field is fingerblock with 2" wide slats.
Chains: Right Angles
Park Slope Sportmen's Row 1889
A different way of doing a corner for this pattern. The 1" squares in the corner are dark wood (probably walnut). Those squares in the border are not dark (mahogany). This is a wide border. Including the 1/4" mahogany outer strips, the width is 15-1/2" wide. The corner is 12" square. See measured drawings
Only two woods: mahogany and oak. I would jazz this up with a 1/4" feature strip of mahogany. Field is 8" square with 6 strips [they are not the same width]. The field parquet is straight, as there are no diagonals in the border. See measured drawing
(also has enhanced version). See spreadsheet
to calculate piece sizes.
From Old House Online
. Appears to have an overall border width of 12". To calculate piece sizes use chain spreadsheet
. At the top enter 1 for strip width and 4 for ratio. For border enter: 2, 1.25, 1.25. Note no corner block used here. Field is a fingerblock (nine strips of 1-3/8" × 12-3/8") laid diagonally.
West Midwood 1915
Small square is 1". Hole in chain is 3" × 1". The corner isn't the proper corner for this border.