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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes

A country clubhouse that is built like a log cabin,   pp. 78-80

Page 80

and a dressing room and two bathrooms, so
that there   is not only accommodation   for
transient guests but room for a few guests
who may wish accommodation over night or
for several days at a time.
  The smoking room and dressing room for
men are placed below the main floor, as in
the case of the building at Craftsman Farms
the ground slopes sufficiently away from the
hack of the house to allow ample accommoda-
tion for these basement rooms.  This slope is
sufficiently steep to expose the stone founda-
tion to a (lepth of seven or eight feet, so that
anyone entering the smoking room from the
outside comes in on a level instead of going
down   as   into a basement.   Flower boxes
placed between the pillars around this end of
the porch will afford some protection where
the slope is most abrupt.
  As will be seen, the design of the house is
very simple,   the effect of comfort and of
ample spaces depending entirely upon its pro-
portions.   The big sweep of the low pitched,
widely overhanging roof is    broken by  the
broad shallow dormers, which not only give
sufficient additional height to make the greater
part of the upper story habitable, but also
adds much to the structural charm of the
building.  As the walls of the tipper story are
of plaster, the logs being used after the man-
nec of half-timber construction, the ends of
the dormers are also of plaster and plaster
panels  divide the groups of casement  \vin<
  These plaster panels form one of the most
interesting features of the house because they
put into effect our idea of a form of exterior
decoration that shall be symbolic of the house
itself and the environment in which it stands.
Roughly modeled in low    relief, are figures
symbolizing  the  life and industries of the
farm.   Dull colored pigments will be used to
emphasize these figures and to add a definite
color accent to the house, but the pigments
will in all cases come into harmony with the
natural tones of wood, stone and earth. These
panels  form the  sole decoration that exists
purely for the sake of decoration.  For the
rest, the beauty of the house depends entire-
ly upon structural features; upon the case-
ment windows, which are all uniform in size
and are so arranged as to form long horizon-
tal lines; upon the use of the logs and of
stone in the foundation and the chimneys and
upon the color harmony of the whole in rela-
tion to the prevailing tones of the landscape.

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