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 VI.: a bracketed American cottage, pp. 94-98 ff.
DESIGN VI. WE mean what we say when we pay this design the high compliment of calling it American, and we think our readers will sustain us in the application of the very comprehensive term. Simple in form, conve- nient and economical in arrangement, tasteful yet un- assuming in detail, we know of nb title so expressive of its deserts as the one we have given it. Although it possesses no trait preventive of its recognition as an important country residence in any part of the Union, we conceive that it would be a decidedly acceptable dwelling to the well-to-do resident of the Western prairie. The umbrage afforded the windows by the canopies and balconies, while enhancing the boldness of the design, contributes greatly to the comfort of the apartments by protecting the glass from the noon-day summer sun, even in the Northern and Western States. On the other hand, the disposition of the fire-places is such as is best calculated to insure good draught in chimneys, and the retention of a greater proportion of the heat generated within the building. The draught of unprotected flues is seriously impeded by the stagnation of the air, cooling on its upward pas- sage, while that of protected flues suffers little from this cause; and when we take into account the addi- tion to the warmth of the house, gained by keeping (95)
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