Kuiken Brothers Company, a residential and commercial building material supplier, has published its online Moulding Design Guide, a modern replica of architectural pattern books that would have been common throughout the United States in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This digital resource features detailed interior elevation drawings of more than 40 unique moulding combinations, including full room packages, cornice combinations and mantle designs using profiles from the company’s in-stock collection. Detailed drawings and photos can be downloaded directly from the company’s website. Moulding profiles are in stock and ready for shipment to projects throughout the United States.

Many of the moulding combinations found within Moulding Design Guide are created with profiles from Kuiken Brothers’ in-stock Classical Moulding Collection. These profiles have historic precedent and are based on classical and traditional designs discovered through the company’s research of the Library of Congress’ Historic American Building Survey and with the supervision of a nationally recognized historic moulding expert. These classical moulding profiles have been categorized by architectural styles including Early American, Georgian, Federal, Colonial Revival, Greek Revival and Traditional Revival.

The origin of pattern books can be traced back to first-century Roman architect Vitruvius in his Ten Books on Architecture, which explained architectural orders for entablatures, entranceways and columns. Italian architect Andrea Palladio wrote architectural books in the 16th century that inspired Europeans and Americans on home and building design elements. This set a precedent for American craftsmen who had access to many different pattern books that detailed drawings for whole-house styles and interior architectural how-to illustrations for field fabrication and installation. In the late 19th century,  industrialization created a need for affordable housing for the growing working class, so traditional pattern books were replaced by whole-house mail-order catalogs from companies such as Sears, Roebuck & Co., and Montgomery Ward. Until the launch of Kuiken Brothers Moulding Design Guide, there has been a large void of accessible millwork pattern books for builders, remodelers, architects and designers, according to the company.



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