The House: Luxury of Waste Space

The old house is getting to be the new thing. From the state of Washington to the District of Columbia, young families are moving out of their ticky-tacky little boxes and into the kind of mansion that used to be the white elephant of the real-estate trade.

Real-estate men themselves are beginning to grab the vintage houses. One such is John Fell Stevenson (Adlai's son). With his wife (the daughter of one of America's best-known modern architects, Nathaniel Owings) and son, he rented one of San Francisco's porched and turreted antiques, which...

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