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Publication numberUS268503 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 5, 1882
Filing dateJun 3, 1882
Publication numberUS 268503 A, US 268503A, US-A-268503, US268503 A, US268503A
InventorsJames Y. Laffekty
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent N 0. 268,503, dated December 5, 182.

Application filed June 3, 1882. (No model.) 1

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, JAMES V. LAFFERTY, a citizen of the United States, residing in the city and county of Philadelphia, State of Pennsylvania, have invented a new and useful improvement in Buildings, which improvement is fully set forth in the following specification and accompanying drawings, in which-- Figure 1 is a side elevation of the building embodying my invention. Fig. 2 is a horizontal section thereof in line a: w, Fig. 1. Fig.

'3 is a horizontal section in line y 3 Fig. 1.

Similar letters of reference indicate correspending parts in the several figures.

Myinvention consists of a building in the form of an animal,the body of which is floored and divided into rooms, closets, 850., and the legs contain the stairs which lead to the body,

said legs being hollow, so as to be of increased strength for properly supporting the body, and the elevation of'the body permitting the circulation of air below the same, the entire device presenting a unique appearance and producing a building which is well ventilated and lighted.

Referring to the drawings, A represents a building which is of the form of an animalin the present case that of an elephant-the body B and legs 0 of which are hollow, the body being essentially supported on'said legs, and, it desired, by means of suitable trusses within the same, and otherwise strengthened. The body is properly floored, as shown by the dotted lines a, Fig.1,furnished with windows, doors, &c., and divided into apartments or rooms, closets, &c., and in the legs 0 are stairs D, which lead to the floor a, so that access is bad to the body B from the ground, the legs having doors E for evident purposes, each leg, if desired, containing a flight of stairs, although for ordinary purposes the hind legs only are provided with stairs.

F represents a chute, which communicates with the front of the body A and extends 'to the ground, where it may be connected with a sewer or other conduit for conveying slops, ashes, 850., to the sewer or conduit, said chute being of the form of the trunk of the elephant and containing trussing b (shown in dotted lines) for supporting the front of the body, said trussing being concealed by the covering or wall of the trunk. The lower end of the chute enters or is connected with a box, G, around which is a seat, H, said box resting on the ground, or proper supports thereon,

and concealin said lower end of the chute and its connection with the conduit, and in a trough from which the animal is feeding or drinking.

An upper story, J, may. be supported on the a by means of stairs c, which are properly located in the walls of the body B and sustained in position, said story J being in the form of a howdah, whiclncompleting the semblance of a bedecked elephant, acts as ihe of are evident. Furthermore, the body is ex. posed to light and air on all sides, wherefore it provides a healthy and suitable place of occupancy for invalids and others.

The building may be of the form of any other animal than an elephant, as that of a fish, fowl, &c.

Having thus described my invention, what Iclaim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-- r l. A building having the form of an animal, the body of which is constructed with floors divided into apartments, provided with windows and stairs, and supported on hollow legs,-

as set forth.

2. A building of the form of an animal, having a body which is supported on hollow legs, one or all of which contain stairs which lead to the body, substantially as and for the purpose set forth.

3. Abuilding for human occupancy,having the form of an animal and having a chute which extends down through a member of said animal and communicates with the interior of the body, substantially as set forth.

4. The chute F, in combination with the trussing b and the body B, substantially as and for the purpose set fortl 5. The body B and chute F, in combination purpose set forth.


JOHN A. Wrannnsnnm, A. E. GRANT.

body B, access whereto is had from the floor,

moisture of the ground, the advantages \vherewhich aflbrd access to the body, substantially with the box G, substantially as and for the the present case presenting the appearance of i observatory of the building. It will be seen

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Cooperative ClassificationA63B9/00