By Annmarie Adams

Adams argues that the numerous major adjustments visible during this interval have been due to not architects' efforts yet to the paintings of feminists and wellbeing and fitness reformers. opposite to the commonly held trust that the house symbolized a shelter and refuge to Victorians, Adams finds that middle-class homes have been really thought of toxic and unsafe and explores the involvement of physicians in exposing " dangerous" structure and designing more suitable household environments. She examines the contradictory roles of middle-class girls as either regulators of fit homes and assets of disorder and risk inside of their very own houses, really in the course of childbirth. "Architecture within the kinfolk means" sheds mild on an ambiguous interval within the histories of structure, drugs, and girls, revealing it to be a time of turmoil, no longer of development and reform as is frequently assumed.

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39 Water was also employed to clean the streets o f London following the construction o f the sewer system and embankment. The watering carts used before this time had simply dampened the dust and dirt on the streets, but more sophisticated machines were now developed to carry garbage and dirt to the gutter, thereby removing refuse completely from the street by disposing o f it in the sewer system. The “Hercules StreetCleansing Machine,” for example, was used in the Strand in 1890; a threewheeled vehicle pulled by one or two horses, it consisted o f a cylin­ drical 3oo-gallon water tank over a screw-shaped, india-rubber revolving roller (fig.

All rights reserved. S. or applicable copyright law. 8 The fountains illuminated (Illustrated London Nevis, 2 Aug. 25 Advertisements o f the health exhibition claimed that it was the “ largest display o f electric lighting in the world” (fig. 10). Colonel Francis Bolton, examiner o f the Metropol­ itan Board o f Works, personally worked the display from the clock tower in the courtyard, sending signals to five men who controlled the lights from a cramped machine room under the island. Meters on the western side o f the centre basin recorded the quantity o f water for the enthusias­ tic crowd.

All rights reserved. S. or applicable copyright law. 9 Behind the scenes at the fountains (Illustrated London News, 2 Aug. ” I lan observed that London’s parks were nothing more than “dreary desolate areas o f Adams, A.. Architecture in the Family Way : Doctors, Houses and Men, 1870-1900. : McGill-Queen's University Press, . ppg=33 Copyright © McGill-Queen's University Press. All rights reserved. S. or applicable copyright law. r o Advertisement for the International Health Exhibition {Illustrated London News, i Aug.

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