Volume XXX, Number 2 (May 1916)
Gill, Irving J.
The home of the future: the new architecture of the West: small homes for a great country: number four, pp. 140-151 PDF (3.8 MB)
CALIFORNIA MISSIONS have taught us the beauty and usefulness of the court, and attracted our attention to the pictur- esque and imposing beauty of the arch as architectural feature for our homes. Walled gardens have a homelike, restful quality never found in those surrounded by open-work fences, which though beautiful, lack the privacy and protection of the en- closed garden, the sanctity that we all ap- preciate in the English homes. CREAMY WALLS, SHEER AND PLAIN, rising boldly into the sky, re- lieved only by indented arches, unorna- mented save for vines and creepers, char- acterize the First Church of Christ Scien- tist, San Diego, built on simple cube prin- ciples: Tall Italian cypresses cutting across the flat surface, with palm trees adding a touch of semi-tropic luxuriance, furnish striking architectural beauty. The uncompromising simplicity of this building makes it conspicuously different, more noticeably fine than any building made with an attempt to arrest attention: There is a picture quality about its bare walls never seen in rough walls. I