Nichols Album of Artistic Dwellings
Nichols' Album of Artistic Dwellings was an architect's plan book published by John Nichols in 1902 and dedicated to his father, Hiram J. Nichols. The album consisted of photos and floor plans of houses that Nichols designed, sketches of houses in various styles, a few interior views of his own house and some advertising.
Houses That Are Still Standing
Many of the homes pictured in the album are still standing, including:
- The Jefferson, 1899, 322 E. Kirkwood Avenue (Kirkwood Manor)
Shoemaker House 418 N. Washington Street
Houses That Are No Longer Standing
Other houses pictured in the album are no longer standing but their former locations are known, including:
The Goodbody, The Ritter, Smith Cottage and The Fee were demolished by Indiana University to make way for the Optometry Building, a parking lot, the Optometry Clinic and the Business Building (now Hodge Hall), respectively. The Cravens was destroyed by fire on December 22, 1922. That same day a sorority house occupied by Delta Zeta was destroyed by fire on Forest Place. The Bloomington Fire Department fought both fires simultaneously.
Old House Mysteries
Several photos of houses in the album have yet to be identified, including:
Interspersed in the album are several well executed sketches by other architects that John Nichols apparently appropriated from trade publications. None of the sketches in the album can be identified as completed buildings associated with Nichols. None of the buildings in the album known to have been built have sketches. Nichols is known to have plagiarized a sketch of the Allen County (Ind.) Courthouse by B. S. Tolan and labeled it as his own. The only known surviving sketch of a Nichols project is a workmanlike drawing of the Harris Grand Theater. The Bloomington Evening World of September 17, 1906 ran an article that in it's entirety read "J. C. Bracherwick, of Chicago, has take a position with Nichols & Son as perspective designer and architectural draftsman". The Harris Grand drawing may be Bracherwick's work.