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.
Design IV.: a suburban villa, pp. 80-86 ff.
DESIGN lY. TuE prime object of a house in town is concentra- tion, that of a house in the country is the enjoyment of external scenery and the free air of heaven. In the town we rarely meet with anything to admire beyond the productions of man, and the eye meets with but little beauty in its daily range except such as may exist in the architecture of the place. On the contrary, the country presents not only such archi- tectural beauties as it may possess for our enjoyment, but the extensive and verdant views of varied scen- cry, which retain the former in a secondary position. The influence of two leading principles seenis to pervade the villa residences of every age, in direct- ing the disposition of the different apartments: one of these is, shelter from the winds and storms which prevail in the particular situation selected; the other, the enjoyment of the views of the surrounding scen- ery: hence it is that country residences have in all ages and countries been comparatively scattered and irregular. The conclusion drawn from these ob- servations, and applicable to the present subject, is that a villa residence ought to be more or less char- acterized by its marked irregularity and tendency to extension. (81)
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