THE following series of designs has been prepared in compliance with the wishes of a few gentlemen who are desirous of seeing a better taste prevail in the RURAL ARCHITECTURE of this country.
The bald and uninteresting aspect of our houses must be obvious to every traveller; and to those who are familiar with the picturesque Cottages and Villas of England, it is positively painful to witness here the wasteful and tasteless expenditure of money in building.
Defects are felt, however, not only in the style of the house but in the want of connexion [sic] with its site, — in the absence of appropriate offices,— well disposed trees, shrubbery, and vines, — which accessories give an inviting and habitable air to the place.
The Greek Temple form, perfect in itself, and well adapted as it is to public edifices, and even to town mansions, is inappropiate for country residences, and yet it is the only style ever attempted in our more costly habitations. The English collegiate style, is for many reasons to be preferred. It admits of greater variety both of plan and outline; — is susceptible of additions from time to time, while its bay windows, oriels, turrets, and chimney shafts, give a pictorial effect to the elevation.
The principal object aimed at in these designs has been to give as much character to the exteriors as possible; — should they answer in any degree the purposes for which they were projected, the architect may submit, at a future period, designs for more expensive structures.
A. J. D. [Alexander Jackson Davis]
Alexander Jackson Davis, Rural Residences, Etc., New York, 1837; Web Edition Copyright © 2002 Sarah E. Mitchell