Papworth, John Buonarotti, 1775-1847. / Hints on ornamental gardening : consisting of a series of designs for garden buildings, useful and decorative gates, fences, railroads, &c. : accompanied by observations on the principles and theory of rural improvement, interspersed with occasional remarks on rural architecture
A bridge and boat house, pp. 55-58 ff.
BRIDGE AND BOAT HOUSE. t.) PLATE VII. A BRIDGE AND BOAT HOUSE. THIS design is intended as a means of approaching an island situated on a lake at the extremity of an estate, answering the double purpose of a bridge and boat house, and also a shelter from rain. The platform is inclosed by a parapet railing on one side for safety, but is open on the other for the convenience of taking boat, and for landing on return. It will be seen that this building is not intended for the com- plete protection of the boat, even during the summer months, much less against the inclemencies of the winter season; but it is sufficient shelter from the sun and rain at its moorings during the day, when it is in readiness; and from this bridge it is easily and safely entered, as its side comes in immediate contact with the foot-path. The construction of this building is very simple, the materials of which it is composed may be of un- wrought timbers: the supports being the trunks of unbarked trees, the arch of their tapered branches, and the walling of cleft logs, built in the manner of the rough walling of the Romans. The roof is of thatch, and the flooring of iron, covered by gra- vel, in continuation of the walk. As the garden at this spot would properly change its character to the wilder accompa- niments of the lake, this building would assimilate with the scenery, and please by its rural effect, well contrasting with the more elegant and polished objects of other parts of the plantations. Some extensive estates that have been much improved, still afford opportunity of combining the effect of the river and the
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