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Page 120 - The more extensive, therefore, your acquaintance is with the works of those who have excelled, the more extensive will be your powers of invention ; and what may appear still more like a paradox, the more original will be your conceptions.
Page 161 - Being the first who have for a great length of time, published any New System of Architecture, we do not expect to escape some degree of censure. Old fashioned workmen, who have for many years followed the footsteps of Palladio and Langley, will, no doubt, leave their old path with great reluctance.
Page 100 - On the other hand, there is not perhaps a single building of any architectural pretension erected in Europe since the Reformation in the beginning of the sixteenth century, which is not more or less a copy, either in form or detail, from some building either of a different clime or different age from those in which it was erected.
Page 397 - ... complete the elementary school. The immensity of the problem is indicated by the fact that while 4,956 students were enrolled in the third grade in 1905-6, only 1,111 were enrolled in this same class in its senior year in high school in 1914-15 ; in other words, that 3,845 students had dropped out. A clear pathway for merit of every kind, in every citizen of the community, might well be the fundamental ideal of organized society.
Page 100 - The plan, the details, the specifications may occupy weeks—in large buildings probably months—but once drawn, it is done with. In almost all cases the pillars, the cornices, the windows, the details are not only repeated over and over again in every part, but are probably all borrowed from some other building of some other age, and, to save trouble, the one half of the building is only a reversed tracing of the other. In one glance you see it all. With five minutes...
Page 101 - That hammer stroke was the first act of the period properly called the "Renaissance." It was the knell of the architecture of Venice — and of Venice herself. The central epoch of her life was past; the decay had already begun; I date its commencement from the death of Mocenigo.
Page 35 - Island, containing about 100 acres: about 30 acres of which is Wood land, a fine piece of Meadow Ground, and more may easily be made; and commands the finest prospect in the whole country; the Land runs from River to River; there is Fishing, Oystering and Claming at either end. There is a good house, a fine Barn, 44 feet long and 42 feet wide, or thereabouts; an Orchard of good Fruit, with plenty of Quince Trees that bear extraordinarily well; three good gardens the Produce of which are sent to the...
Page 241 - It is perhaps not too much to say that no perfectly truthful architectural building has been erected in Europe since the Reformation. In modern designs there is always an effort either to reproduce the style of some foreign country or that of some bygone age ; frequently both.
Page 241 - It was a long time, however, before this became apparent, and most of the early Italian buildings of the fifteenth century are more beautiful than those which preceded them. Even so late as the middle of the sixteenth century we find such a design as this of the Grimani Palaco at Venice (Woodcut No.
Page 241 - ... direct manner, the wants of those for whom they were designed; and the ornamentation that was applied to them either grew naturally out. of the construction, or was such as was best suited to express the uses or objects to which the building was to be applied.