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 XIII.: an irregular bracketed country house, pp. 136-140 ff.
DESIGN XIII. WE might, with almost equal propriety, have termed this a farm-house. The only objection to this is the probability of impressing the reader with the idea that its application would be accordingly restricted. Indeed, it almost deserves the name of VILLA; but the total absence of ostentation in its ex- ternal aspect inclines us to the appellation we have bestowed upon it, notwithstanding the villa-like ex- tent of its accommodations. Plain, sensible, and solid, it is within the reach and applicable to the circumstances of many who love convenience without ambitious display, and who prefer dignified plainness to gingerbread ostentation. Architecturally, this de- sign aims at being a country dwelling, manifesting the dignity, comfort, and substantial character of social life that is attainable in the country. There is a growing demand for this class of dwellings. Farmers are becoming rich, merchants and manufac- turers are retiring from business; and we know that while the frank modesty of the farmer seldom allows him to aspire to towers or pinnacles, nine out of ten of retired citizens are too plain and practical in their views to seek for more than the embodiment of the various accommodations suited to their modes of life, at the lowest grade of expense requisite to give them (13T)
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