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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes

A country house that was originally planned for a mountain camp,   pp. 94-96

Page 95

A LTIIOUGH          this house would   serve
        any where as a country dwelling for
        l)eople who like this style of building,
        it was originally intended  for a
camp in the Adirondacks, the object of the
design being to build a house that \vOuld be
permanent, and at the same time would have
the openness and freedom of a tent, where
the family could live out of doors and yet
have immunity from flies, mosquitoes and
kindred pests.  Being a camp, it is naturally
not an expensive building, as the plan is
simple  and   the materials about the site
would   naturally be used. Our constant
dwelling upon this point might seem super-
fluous, but the fact that not long ago a noted
architect built a house of stone in the clay<
bearing State of Virginia and another of
brick in the granite-ribbed State of Maine.
  The word camp is suggestive, causing
the mind instantly to revert to a large par-
ade ground, with the orderly arrangement
of kitcbens in the rear, the radial axis,
and the sense of order and openness. There-
fore the arrangement of this camp has been
made with this in mind; the great hall serves
for the place of general gathering,<
the place where, when the duties or
pleasures of the day are over, all may
meet on   common    ground.  This,  with the
kitchen and dining room in the rear, makes
for convenience, largeness and economy of
  space.    There is an upstairs; as sleeping
  rooms,    if in direct connection with the
  rooms and arrangements already mention-
  ed, would interfere and he interfered with
  seriously.  Economy also has its part, for
  the roof which covers one story will serve
  equally well to cover two.   In laying out
  the floors below, no account has been taken
  of privacy for the immediate family. There-
  fore on the upper floor there is a large room
  provided    for with   the sleeping rooms
  grouped about it.
    The floor plans give a clear idea of the
  arrangement.    The dropping back of the
  outside walls to form second story balcon-
  ies or loggias takes up a good deal of the
  floor space on the second story, so that the
  bedrooms are rather small.  This, however,
  is hardly to be considered a fault in a
  building of this kind, because the loggias
  are screened to serve as sleeping porches:
  It is also quite possible to screen or parti-
  tion each loggia to make four separate out-
  door   sleeping rooms,  or they   could be
  divided in part and the rest used for an
  outside sitting room.  These screens should
  he removable at will, so that they can be
  stored during the winter months.
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