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The craftsman
Volume XXXI, Number 3 (December 1916)

Freehof, M. E.
Old architectural details which inspire modern architectural beauty,   pp. 259-266 PDF (3.0 MB)


Page 261


MODERN ARCHITECTURAL BEAUTY
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A
Gothic
detail
sugges-
tion
for
a
bridge
from
Cam-
bridge,
showing
that
simple
tracery
when
rightly
used
gives
inspiring
relief
to
a
wall.
how they fall, and where they fade. His paper lines and proportions
are of no value: all that he has to do must be done by spaces of light
and darkness; and his business is to see that the one is broad and bold
enough not to be swallowed up by twilight, and the other deep
enough not to be dried like a shallow pool by a noon-day sun. . ..
   "Consider first that the characters of natural objects which the
architect can represent are few and abstract. The greater part of
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