Rural Homes

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Books LLC, 2009 - History - 156 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1868. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... proof closet recessed and arched overhead, (No. 4, ) in which books, plate, or valuable papers could safely be stored. The drawing room, No. 5, is entered from the main hall, and also PlAlT T.--tlEOUNd PLA . from the vestibule. It is twenty-six feet by about twenty in the clear, and its one side is, by means of large windows, made so as to be entirely opened to the ombra. Connected with the drawing-room is a small boudoir or ladies' room, being the first story of the tower, and is thirteen feet square. The boudoir, drawing room, and library, all open on to the ombra, a large and agreeable shade room, the natural artistic development of the progress from the ancient "stoup." This is a delightful place for sitting in, and as an easily obtained addition to a suite of rooms, cannot be too strongly advocated as a feature in American domestic architecture. It could be enclosed with glass in the winter, and artificially warmed; thus used as an enlargement of the drawing-room, or as a conservatory. The staircase hall, No. V, contains the principal stairway, and also a double door leading on to a veranda which might extend along the side of the house, including the western side of the boudoir or not, as seemed desirable. The dining-room, No. 8, is a large room, twenty-four by seventeen in the clear, exclusive of the projecting western window. Communicating with this is a waiters'-pantry, No. 9, furnished with glass and china closets, and opening into a vestibule, No. 10, in which are stairways leading to the kitchen below, and to the floor above, and also a door into the main hall.' I have in this design assumed that the land so falls away on the northern side as to permit the kitchens to be in a basement below, hence the arrangement of the domestic offices is not sh...

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