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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.
(1861)

Design VI.: a bracketed American cottage,   pp. 94-98 ff.


Page 95

                 DESIGN VI.
  WE mean what we say when we pay this design the
high compliment of calling it American, and we think
our readers will sustain us in the application of the
very comprehensive term.   Simple in form, conve-
nient and economical in arrangement, tasteful yet un-
assuming in detail, we know of nb title so expressive
of its deserts as the one we have given it. Although it
possesses no trait preventive of its recognition as an
important country residence in any part of the Union,
we conceive that it would be a decidedly acceptable
dwelling to the well-to-do resident of the Western
prairie.  The umbrage afforded the windows by the
canopies and balconies, while enhancing the boldness
of the design, contributes greatly to the comfort of the
apartments by protecting the glass from the noon-day
summer sun, even in the Northern and Western States.
On the other hand, the disposition of the fire-places is
such as is best calculated to insure good draught in
chimneys, and the retention of a greater proportion
of the heat generated within the building.   The
draught of unprotected flues is seriously impeded by
the stagnation of the air, cooling on its upward pas-
sage, while that of protected flues suffers little from
this cause; and when we take into account the addi-
tion to the warmth of the house, gained by keeping
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