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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes
(1909)

The effective use of cobblestones as a link between house and landscape,   pp. 102-108


Page 106

         THE EFFECTIVE USE OF COBBLESTONES
has almost grown up out of the groun(l, so per-
fectly does it sink into the landscape around it.
  The same effect is heing sought more and
more in the East by certain daring and pro-
gressive architects who, without regard to style
an(l precedent, are building houses suited to
the climate, the soil and the needs of life in this
country.  An excellent example of this is shown
                    in the illustration on page
                    105,  where   hard-burned
                    brick and  natural   wood
                    are most effectively com-
                    bined with    big   rugged
                    boulders and    the  large
                    round slabs of stone that
                    serve as   steps.   These
                    stones, by their very con-
                    formation,  p r o c 1 a i m
                    themselves  as  belonging
                    to New England, and the
                    manner in which they are
                    used is as (lefinitely East-
                    ern as the construction of
                    the California  houses  is
                    \Vestern.
                      The \Vesteru method is
                    a~1mirably illustrated  in
                    the three (lifferent views
                    given of the    California
                    house that so strongly re-
                    flects the  influence   of
                    Japanese    architecture.
                    Here, instea(l  of  sharp-
                    e(lged granite, we   have
                    big comfortable   looking
                    boulders with    all   the
                    e(lges and corners   worn
                    off during the ages when
                    they have rolled about in
                    the mountain     torrents,
                    and the  way    they   are
                    w e d g e d helter-skelter
                    among    the    irregular,
                    roughly laid bricks of the
                    walls, pillars and  chim-
                    neys is as far from tire
                    conventional use 01 stone
                    as is a Japane>e garden
                    from our own trim walks
                    and flower beds.  Such a
                    combination as in shown
                    in these pictures almost
                    demands  the  suggestion
                    of Japanese architecture
                    in the hotise itself, and
                    yet the whole thing be-
longs entirely to California.
  The harmony of this house with its sur<
roun(lings will he understood when we say
that it is situated on high ground overlooking
the wild gorge of the Arroyo Seco and that
the trees close to it are gnarled, hoary oaks,
towering  eucalyptus, widespreading   cotton-
woods, tall, slim poplars and sycamores.
Published in The  Craftsman, July, 1907, Greene ~
CONSTRUCTION OF THE PERGOLA AND ESPLANAOE LEADING TO THE ENTRANCE OF
A CALIFORNIA HOUSE.  NOTE THE COMBINATION  OF LARGE MOSSY  BOULDERS
WITH HARD-BURNED CLINKER BRICK 5ET IRREGULARLY IN DARE MORTAR.
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