Building in the form of an Elephant
FiledSaturday, 3rd June 1882
PublishedTuesday, 5th December 1882
InventorJames V. Lafferty
Buildings or groups of buildings for public or similar purposes; Institutions, e.g. infirmaries, prisons
Sports; Games; Amusements
Apparatus For Physical Training, Gymnastics, Swimming, Climbing, Or Fencing; Ball Games; Training Equipment
Climbing poles, frames, or stages
Buildings Or Like Structures For Particular Purposes; Swimming Or Splash Baths Or Pools; Masts; Fencing; Tents Or Canopies, In General
General Building Constructions; Walls, e.g. Partitions; Roofs; Floors; Ceilings; Insulation Or Other Protection Of Buildings
Constructions in general; Structures which are not restricted either to walls, e.g. partitions, or floors or ceilings or roofs
Buildings characterised by their shape or layout grid
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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—
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My invention consists of a building in the form of an animal, the body of which is floored and divided into rooms, closets, &c., 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,
An upper story,
The buildiug 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 I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is—
1. 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, which afford access to the body, substantially 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. A building 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
5. The body
James V. Lafferty.
John A. Wiedersheim,,
A. P. Grant.