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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.

Design VIII.: model residence for a physician,   pp. 106-110 ff.

Page 107

                 DESIGN VIII.
 ONE of the simplest of all forms-the parallelogram
-furnishes the basis of this design.  But little beauty
ordinarily exists in a structure erected on this plan;
yet the hands of a skillful designer may do much to-
ward redeeming it from the repulsive baldness which
is too frequently exhibited even in the better class of
country houses.  If the design before us were divested
of its verandas and dormers, and a plain hip-roof sub-
stituted for the curved Mansard, with the exception in
its favor of chimney tops and window blinds, it would
puzzle the amateur to decide whether it should be
called a human habitation or a diminutive cotton-
factory.  But the features above named effectually
redeem it from the imputation of leaving the passing
traveler in doubt as to its true purpose.
 This residence has been erected and is now occupied
by Dr. E. C. Evans, in the vicinity of West Chester,
Penn.    The plans and elevation were prepared by us
under his eye, and in accordance with directions and
suggestions which he offered during the course of their
preparation.   Since its erection, he has expressed his
satisfaction in decided terms with the result of our
combined efforts.  Our readers will permit us to add,
that Dr. Evans is a gentleman of close observation and

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