Cottage Residences: Or, A Series of Designs for Rural Cottages and Cottage Villas, and Their Gardens and Grounds, Adapted to North America (Google eBook)

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Wiley & Halsted, 1856 - Architecture, Domestic - 215 pages
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Page 21 - The Gothic cathedral is a blossoming in stone subdued by the insatiable demand of harmony in man. The mountain of granite blooms into an eternal flower, with the lightness and delicate finish, as well as the aerial proportions and perspective, of vegetable beauty.
Page 54 - Repose with dignity, with Quiet fame. Here no state-chambers in long line unfold, Bright with broad mirrors, rough with fretted gold ; Yet modest ornament, with use combined, Attracts the eye to exercise the mind. Small change of scene, small space his home requires, Who leads a life of satisfied desires. What tho...
Page 10 - I went the next day to inspect more closely the building which had particularly attracted my notice, I found that its walls were of whitewashed brick, and its columns of painted wood. All the...
Page vi - For no man can bear to be entirely deprived of such enjoyments: it is only because they are not used to taste of what is excellent, that the generality of people take delight in silly and insipid things, provided they be new. For this reason...
Page 18 - Every opportunity, therefore, •should be taken to discountenance that false and vulgar opinion that rules are the fetters of genius : they are fetters only to men of no genius...
Page v - Preface. A hearty desire to contribute something to the improvement of the domestic architecture and the rural taste of our country, has been the motive which has influenced me in preparing this little volume. With us, almost every man either builds, or looks forward to building, a home for himself, at some period of his life; it may be only a log hut, or a most rustic cottage, but perhaps also, a villa, or a mansion.
Page 15 - In any scene, whether real or painted, when such harmony prevails, the least discordancy in color would disturb the eye: but if we suppose a single object of a glaring white to be introduced, the whole attention, in spite of all our efforts to the contrary, will be drawn to that one point ; if many such objects be scattered about, the eye will be distracted among them. Again (to consider it in another view); when the sun breaks out in gleams, there is something that delights and surprises, in seeing...
Page vii - What an unfailing barrier against vice, immorality, and bad habits, are those tastes which lead us to embellish a home, to which at all times and in all places we turn with delight, as being the object and the scene of our fondest cares, labors, and enjoyments ; whose humble roof, whose shady porch, whose verdant lawn and smiling flowers, all breathe forth to us, in true, earnest tones, a domestic feeling that at once purifies the heart, and binds us more closely to our fellow-beings...
Page 54 - A cottage like this, although of moderate size, in the hands of a family of taste, may be made to produce a beautiful effect. While it is true, that " Here no state chambers in long line unfold, Bright with broad mirrors, rough with fretted gold, Yet modest ornament with use combined, Attracts the eye to exercise the mind." And while there are no superfluous and luxurious apartments, nor anything requiring the attendance of a retinue of servants, there is much here, compactly arranged, to render...

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