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 III.: a farm-house, pp. 72-78 ff.
DESIGN III. THE proportions of this house are good, and the form pleasing without being complicated; the impres- sion produced on the observer by its general aspect is, that room, comfort, and convenience are within its walls, and that the dignity and hospitality of the gentleman farmer are manifested silently yet plainly by its external expression. It seems, however, in its architectural details to have borrowed somewhat from its city neighbor. We readily suspect that its owner has spent a portion of his life at something else than tilling the soil; that he has been a merchant or a physician, for we often hear of such changes of avoca- tion in this country: at any rate, we must conclude that he is a farmer with some means, and a taste some- what refined and cultivated by the company he has kept. Yet the design looks essentially like a country house-it could scarcely be recognized as anything else; the few ornaments that it wears cannot disguise its native plainness; it has been born and bred in the country, and all the city polish that it has received cannot conceal the palpable fact. This design might be built in any part of the Union, without reference to the use implied by the appellation of "farm-house" which we have here given it, and it would always be ranked as a country house of considerable importance; ('13)
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