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The craftsman
Volume XXVII, Number 5 (February 1915)

A house with a garden room,   pp. 564-566 PDF (1.2 MB)

Page 565

There is a round fountain where the visiting
birds love to drink. It is a charming place,
entered through an arched gateway of a
high white wall.   Slender gray-stemmed
Cocoa plumosa and the wide-spreading date
palm are in the yard, dripping pepper trees
border the street.
  The driveway leading to the garage and
storerooms, as can be seen from the accom-
panying plan, is a long one. It has been
treated in a most interesting manner. The
high wall at the right, that the terraced
yard of the neighbor necessitates, is artisti-
cally buttressed. Vines and creepers climb
up these buttresses and also hang down
from them, for they are hollow and filled
with earth. The driveway is lined with
green, and flowers crowd along the base.
  The house was designed by Irving J. Gill
for Mrs. George T. Fulford.      It is of
hollow tile and concrete and is most unusual
in plan. for it is of but one story and built
entirely around the court. Many California
houses have courts built after the general
plan of the Missions and of Ramona's
birthplace and marriage-place, which means
that the houses are built around three
sides  of  a   square, the   fourth  side
being a long garden. The rooms of this
house, however, touch one another on but
one side and are entered always by passing
across the inner court or from the roofed
arcade. In the plan this garden room is
called a "screened court."  An arcade,
roofed in with the rooms, extends all
around it. This is arched on the inner side.
iCreepers (Ficus repens) at each pillar have
pushed their way along the ceiling until it
has made a network of slender green lines
as finely marked as the ceiling of the Al-
  The garden room is tiled with large
square brick and is covered with a copper
wire fly-screen, supported by light trusses.
A wall fountain tinkles from one side.
This is the main living room of the house.
Meals are sometimes served here and after-
noon teas. Swinging couches and ham-
mocks, some across a corner, some under
the arcade, are often used for the rest at
night as well as the afternoon siesta. A
screen or more in front of the arches some-
times converts a portion of the arcade into
impromptu    bedrooms    when    week-end
guests are numerous. Potted plants are set
all about, other plants are grown in the
corners where the earth was left uncovered
for them. Vines trail from the trusses.
Rugs, chairs and tables with books, maga-
zines and writing materials offer attractive
comfort. No indoor sitting room   could

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