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 XXVIII.: a large northern farm-house, pp. 212-218 ff.
DESIGN XXVIII. TIlE principal merit of this design rests in its bold expression of purpose. With very little pretension to architectural style, its exterior is still harmonious and tasteful, and cannot therefore be said to be un- architectural. It has a rustic sort of beauty that properly belongs to the residence of the farmer-not a beauty derived from neat and careful finish, but from large surfaces and strong projections, and which is more generally pleasing to the eye not cultivated to nice distinctions, than a greater amount of elaboration. And perhaps the reason of this is, that it requires no study to render it intelligible; it speaks, like nature, a language for all, and all understand it and are satisfied. This house is of course intended for the farmer who has successfully maintained the struggle for a competence through which it is the lot of many to pass, and has reached a condition of life familiarly spoken of as "easy circumstances." Still the business of the farm must be carried on, and no one can attend to it better than himself. While he is, in one sense, more at leisure than formerly, his mind and eyes are not less active, and several years must elapse before the son can be entrusted with the post that the father has held so long with success. What is more reason- (213)
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