The Gentleman's House: Or, How to Plan English Residences, from the Parsonage to the Palace; with Tables of Accomodation and Cost, and a Series of Selected Plans

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J. Murray, 1865 - Architecture, Domestic - 464 pages
 

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As others have said, an appallingly bad ebook, without the core plans or text properly or completely scanned. Sloppy, pointless and an insult to the book.

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i don't know who -- or what organization -- scanned this book...and while i appreciate the FACT they scanned it, i abhor what they did. This is a book about houses and their arrangement. Those who scanned this book, obviously could not be bothered with the effort of folding out the floorplans and scanning them correctly. Instead, they left them folded & scanned them -- completely missing one of the points of this book. If they aren't going to do the job correctly, why bother doing it at all?! oh yeah, right....to get paid. Obviously not for the love of books. 

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Page 62 - In short, whether in a small house or a large oae, let the family have free passage-way without encountering the servants unexpectedly ; and let the servants have access to all their duties without coming unexpectedly upon the family or visitors. On both sides this privacy is highly valued. It is matter also for the architect's care that the outdoor work of the domestics shall not be visible from the house or grounds, or the windows of their Offices overlooked.
Page 32 - Vanbrugh , and is a good example of his heavy though imposing style (*Lie heavy on him, Earth, for he Laid many a heavy load on thee"), with a Corinthian portico in the centre and two projecting wings.
Page 62 - The idea which underlies all is simply this: The family constitutes one community; the servants another; whatever may be their mutual regard and confidence as dwellers under the same roof, each •class is entitled to shut its door upon the other and be alone.
Page 101 - The character to be always aimed at in a drawing room is especial cheerfulness, refinement of elegance, and what is called lightness as opposed to massiveness. Decoration and furniture ought therefore to be comparatively delicate; in short, the rule in every thing is this ... to be entirely ladylike.
Page 335 - ... fourteenth, whichever you please, — feudalistic, monastic, scholastic, ecclesiastic, archaeologistic, ecclesiologistic, and so on. But really, I would much rather not. I want a plain, substantial, comfortable Gentleman's House; and, I beg leave to repeat, I don't want any style at all. I really would very much rather not have any ; I daresay it would cost a great deal of money, and I should very probably not like it.
Page 64 - To dwell a moment longer on this always popular theme, it is worth suggesting that indoor comfort is essentially a Northern idea, as contrasted with a sort of outdoor enjoyment which is equally a Southern idea, and Oriental.
Page 58 - THE SERVANTS. In dwellings of inferior class, such as Farmhouses and the Houses of tradesmen, this separation is not so distinct; but in the smallest establishment of the kind with which we have here to deal this element of character must be considered essential; and as the importance of the family increases the distinction is widened, — each department becoming more and more amplified and elaborated in a direction contrary to that of the other. In a few Mansions of very superior class...
Page 60 - The qualities," writes Mr Kerr, "which an English gentleman of the present day values in his house are comprehensively these : quiet comfort for his family and guests, thorough convenience for his domestics, elegance and importance without ostentation." To render the house absolutely complete, it would seem, according to Professor Kerr, that there must be observed some dozen conditions, which may be summed up under the following heads : — 1st, privacy ; 2d, comfort ; 3d, convenience ; 4th, spaciousness...
Page 335 - I daresay it would cost a great deal of money, and I should very probably not like it. Look at myself; I am a man of very plain tastes: I am neither Classical nor Elizabethan — I believe I am not Renaissance, and I am sure I am not Medieval. . . . I am very sorry, but if you...
Page 61 - Department shall be separated from the Main House, so that what passes on either side of the boundary shall be...

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