Building for Babbitt: The State and the Suburban Home Ideal

  title={Building for Babbitt: The State and the Suburban Home Ideal},
  author={Jane Hutchison},
  journal={Journal of Policy History},
  pages={184 - 210}
  • J. Hutchison
  • Published 1 April 1997
  • History
  • Journal of Policy History
In his 1922 novel Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis introduced his main character, George Follansbee Babbitt, a realtor and member of the local planning board, by describing Babbitt's suburban residence. Paraphrasing contemporary house-plan publications, Lewis characterized the Dutch Colonial dwelling as at once “competent and glossy.” Babbitt's yard, “was perfection … his bathroom … porcelain and glazed tile and metal sleek as silver … and his bedroom … right out of Cheerful Modern Homes for Medium… 

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