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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes
(1909)

A concrete cottage designed in the form of a Greek cross to admit more light,   pp. 60-61


Page 60

A CONCRETE COTTAGE DESIGNED IN THE FORM
OF A GREEK CROSS TO ADMIT MORE LIGHT
            FRONT VIEW OF THE COTTAGE SHOWING THE TWO SMALL ENTRANCE PORCHES.
CONCRETE           or hollow    cement block
        COnStruCtion were   what  we  had in
        mind in the designing of this Cottage.
        Therefore the form of it is especially
adapted to the use of this mate-
rial, although, like the others, the
general plan admits of the use of
brick or stone, clapboards or shin-
gles, if desired.  As     we have
shown it here, the side walls are
broken   into   panels by   raised
bands of ConCrete, which bind the
corners and also run around the
entire structtire at the connection
of the roof and again between the
first and second  stories.  These
bands   are smooth-surfaced,   but
the walls are   made vere   rotigh
by the simple process of washing
off the surface with a brush and
plenty of water immediately after
the  form is  removed and while
the material  is set but still fri-
able.   If this is clone at exactly
the right time, the washing<brush
can be so applied as to remove
the   mortar  to  a  considerable
depth   between  the blocks, icay-
img them in relief and proltmcim~g
a  rough coarse texture that is very interesting.
   The plan of this house is not unlike a Greek
cross, the rooms being so arranged that the
greatest possible allowance of space is made
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          T   C  ftsnian, Febroarv, 1907.
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