Sloan, Samuel, 1815-1884 / Sloan's homestead architecture, containing forty designs for villas, cottages, and farm houses, with essays on style, construction, landscape gardening, furniture, etc. etc.
Hints on construction, pp. 31-54 ff.
itilil FROM the importance of good walls as a primary demand in all buildings, it follows that the consider- ation of the quality of materials of which they are composed, as well as the manner in which the con- junction or adhesion of parts can be most thoroughly effected, is a matter of no small consequence. SToNE.-Being a natural production, and not only adapted to the requirements of building with but little preparation, but from its nature conducive to the permanency of artificial structures, stone, as an element of wall building, is entitled to the first rank, and therefore to early notice. Without going into a geological disquisition on the subject, we may speak of the relative value of different kinds of stone; not always with the certainty we could wish, from the fact that time enough has not elapsed since an in- terest has been awakened to the vast importance of knowing the qualities of the stone employed. Ex- perience seems to be the best test; although the science of chemistry may be sufficient for the geologist, the architect is better satisfied with the proofs of time. Granite, according to geology the primary rock, exists in great abundance in this country, and has (31)
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