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The craftsman
Vol. XVIII, Number 6 (September 1910)

A ten-room California house with interesting features,   pp. 699-701 PDF (1.2 MB)

Page 699

NTIL the past few years we Ameri-
       cans have lived the most shut-in lives
       of any people in the world. It is
       unquestionably our heritage from
pioneer forefathers whose lives were never
thought quite safe unless back of barred
doors or high stockades. In those early days
it was necessary to eat indoors, sleep indoors,
even to have what little recreation there was
indoors. Thus the customs of the charming
outdoor Continental life, with breakfast on
the porch, tea under the trees, dinner on the
terrace, work on the veranda, games on the
lawn, died out of the hearts and recollec-
tions of the Pilgrim fathers and all life was
concentrated within safe walls. And so
athletics ceased among the young men and
the slender New England type of beauty de-
veloped among the women.
   Then even long after the need for seclu-
sion had passed, the tradition or habit of it
remained, and the American of city or coun-
try continued to hide himself for play or
work, isolated in all his joys or sorrow. It
is still unusual to find people eating in gar-
dens or in front of houses and shops as they
do in France and Germany. We have gone
up on our roof, to be sure, in the cities, but
as yet only a few of us. But at least the
fad (we hope the habit) of sleeping out of
doors has recently met with widespread en-
thusiasm. The sleeping porch or outdoor
sleeping room has become a feature of well
thought out modern dwelling houses. This is
especially true in the East. The West takes
its outdoor life more in the patio or open
court, or' on the wide porch in houses built
for air and light. For the West has more
completely escaped the blight of Puritan
tradition. It is more open-minded, more in
search of joy and comfort. Hence it comes
about that much of our most progressive
architecture is from the Pacific Coast, where
architects study essentials ;-the kind of
people they build for, the kind of country
and the kind of building materials to use no
less than the happiness and comfort to be
found. We have published many modern
California houses, but we are constantly re-
ceiving new architectural ideas as the build-
ing art of the West progresses, so that while
a sameness in ourWestern
bungalow, a little study
will reveal fresh features
well worth presenting.
  In this ten-room Cali-
fornia house sent to us by
Charles Alma Byers we
find much that is charm-
ing and progressive. It is
built most interestingly in
relation to the splendid
stretch of country it faces,
and both from the living
room   and  the  pergola
porch the vista stretches
Designed and Built by "Ye

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