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The craftsman
Volume XXVII, Number 5 (February 1915)

Your own home: number three: selecting the materials for durability, economy and picturesqueness,   pp. 534-546 PDF (4.6 MB)


Page 534


YOUR OWN HOME: NUMBER THREE: SE.
LECTING THE MATERIALS FOR DURABILITY,
ECONOMY AND PICTURESQUENESS
HE architect has been referred to as a person who
"charms beauty out of sticks and stones;" but although
this molding of the raw materials into pleasing form
is so distinctive a feature of the art, there are other
points that must be first considered. For this very
quality of beauty, to be wholly satisfying, must rest
             upon the practical basis of utility. Wisdom of plan,
strength of construction, durability, economy and appropriateness
of materials-out of these must grow the picturesqueness that we
love to find in our homes. Only in this way can our architecture
be natural and sincere.
   The important part which materials play in the final value and
effect of a building becomes very graphic if we glance at a few salient
types of primitive and modern homes. In the crude simplicity that
THIS GARDEN WALL OF BRICK AND STONE, WITH ITS CURIOUSLY CARVED WOOVDEN (A-,
TRATES WELL THE INTEREST OF COMBINED MATERIALS: IT IS TYPICAL OF CALIFORNIA,
AND EN-
CLOSES THE HOME OF J. W. NEILL, AT PASADENA: GREENE AND GREENE, ARCHITECTS.
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