A colony of rocky homes where nature was consulting architect, pp. 547-549
NATURE AS CONSULTING ARCHITECT THE CONSTRUCTION SHOWN HERE IS CHARACTERISTIC OF LAWRENCE PARK, WHERE FIELD-STONE WALLS RE- PEAT THE ROCKY NOTE OF THE HILLSIDE GARDENS. in plans, design and materials to its irregu- lar and towering site. Lawrence Park is full of surprises. Every turn of the road-and those turns are many-brings into view some new and unexpected charm. Here is a clump of trees upon a grassy incline, with slabs of granite at their feet, and behind them part of that same rock foundation, blasted and broken into convenient fragments, has been used for the walls of a sturdy vine-covered home. Another turn, and beyond more rocky ledges, trees and knolls, are other houses of field stone, stucco or shingle- homes that rise so naturally from the rugged ground that they seem to have stood there for ages, part of the form and spirit of the place. And although they obviously encompass much spacious and luxurious comfort, they have yet an air of solid sim- plicity. Their wide sheltering porches and big stone chimneys, diamond-paned case- ments, broad-eaved roofs and peeping dor- FIELD-STONE AND CEMENT HOUSE, THE RESIDENCE OF DR. CHARLTON, WHICH IS ADMIRABLY ADAPTED TO ITS SLOPING SITE: WILLIAM BATES, ARCHITECT. 548 mers seem to spell'in every syllable ot stone and beam and shingle, the word "home." Around them, creeping snugly up to the very walls, are the informal gardens-so in- formal, often, that they are hardly more than little bits of Nature, coaxed into com- panionship with man. Here and there, where the ground grows tired of climbing and relaxes in a miniature plateau, smooth lawns appear, bordered with flower-beds and bushes. But in most cases the gardens have been left in primitive wildness, with only the suggestion of a human touch. The latter takes the form, usually, of irregular patches of vividly blooming flowers that gleam with sudden brightness of blue, pink, white or purple among the more neutral tones of the rock. There is usually no dividing line between these pleasant gardens, save an occasional HOME OF H. A. BANE, SHOWING ESPECIALLY STURDY STONEWORK IN THE ARCHED PILLARS OF THE PORCH: WILLIAM BATES, ARCHITECT. bush, a group of planting or a ledge of rock, so that the effect of the whole hillside is almost that of a park or co6perative colony. A dip in the road discloses the panorama of a wide valley with wooded hills and half- hidden housetops beyond the low stone wall and posts that mark the farther boundary of Lawrence Park; while to the left the road winds up a grass-grown hill. And at this point is a most unusual piece of archi- tecture. Jutting out of the hill is a huge gray granite boulder, and perched upon it like a light- house upon a rock is a great rambling house that spreads out solid wings and airy porches to hold it firmly on the slope. With decklike balcony and windowed tower, it seems to be keeping guard over the quiet valley below--a veritable rocky sentinel.
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