THE ARCHITECTURE OF COUNTRY HOUSES (Google eBook)

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A wonderful book on the philosophy of architecture and the styles. Helpful for research papers or just to read for fun!

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Page v - So long as men are forced to dwell in log huts and follow a hunter's life, we must not be surprised at lynch law and the use of the Bowie knife. But when smiling lawns and tasteful cottages begin to embellish a country, we know that order and culture are established.
Page vi - That family, whose religion lies away from its threshold, will show but slender results from the best teachings, compared with another where the family hearth is made a central point of the Beautiful and the Good. And much of that feverish unrest and want of balance between the desire and the...
Page 201 - Sir Joshua Reynolds used to say, " if you would fix upon the best colour for your house, turn up a stone, or pluck up a handful of grass by the roots, and see what is the colour of the soil where the house is to stand, and let that be your choice.
Page 263 - The man of sentiment or feeling will seek for that house in whose aspect there is something to love. It must nestle in, or grow out of, the soil. It must not look all new and sunny, but show secluded shadowy corners. There must be nooks about it, where one would love to linger; windows, where one can enjoy the quiet landscape leisurely; cozy rooms, where all domestic fireside joys are invited to dwell.
Page 22 - Almighty Love), every thing falls under the horizontal line the level line of rationality; it is all logical, orderly, syllogistically perfect, as the wisdom of the schools. In domestic architecture, though the range of expression may at first seem limited, it is not so in fact, for when complete, it ought to be significant of the whole private life of man his intelligence, his feelings, and his enjoyments.
Page 205 - Many people seem to have a sort of callus over their organs of sight, as others over those of hearing ; and as the callous hearers feel nothing in music but kettle-drums and trombones, so the callous seers can only be moved by strong oppositions of black and white, or by fiery reds. I am therefore so far from laughing at Mr. Locke's blind man for likening scarlet to the sound of a trumpet, that I think he had great reason to pride himself on the discovery.
Page 269 - Not, indeed, the feudal castle, not the baronial hall, but the home of the individual man the home of that family of equal rights, which continually separates and continually reforms itself in the new world the republican home, built by no robbery of the property of another class, maintained by no infringement of a brother's...
Page 9 - To see, or rather to feel how, in nature, matter is ennobled by being thus touched by a single thought of beauty, how it is almost deified by being made to shadow forth, even dimly, His attributes, constitutes the profound and thrilling satisfaction which we experience in contemplating the external works of God. To be keenly sensible of the power of even the imperfect reproduction of such ideas in the various fine arts poetry, music, painting, sculpture, architecture, etc.
Page 40 - Europe, but by industrious and intelligent mechanics and workingmen, the bone and sinew of the land, who own the ground upon which they stand, build them for their own use, and arrange them to satisfy their own peculiar wants and gratify their own...
Page 36 - When we employ stone as a building material, let it be clearly expressed; when we employ wood, there should be no less frankness in avowing the material. There is more merit in so using wood as to give to it the utmost expression of which the substance is capable, than in endeavoring to make it look like some other...

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