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The craftsman
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)


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  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.
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