Monday, September 10, 2007

A Country Villa on Long Island, 1869


A country villa on Long Island, architect, Laurence B. Valk.
House is 39x38 feet, 2 stories with basement and attic.
1st story, 11’6” high
2nd story, 10’ high
Attic, 8’high
Basement, 8’ high

The frame is spruce timber filled with brick. The walls are sided without with diagonally laid pine boards, then covered with tarred paper and ½” thick weather strips showing 4” to the weather. Exterior boards are of best clear white pine. The roof is slate.
Interior is plastered in 3 coats, with cornices on the 1st and 2nd floors.

A ..parlor
B…..dining room
D…..the hall, 9’ wide
The dining room has 2 closets, one is furnished as a dumb-waiter

Windows on the 1st and 2nd floor are to be double thick plate glass with exterior blinds.

The second floor plan includes 5 bedrooms,a water-closet with wash basin and all proper fixtures.
The attic affords 3 rooms for servants.
The cooking-range and laundry are directly beneath the dining room. There are 2 cellars and a store room completed with concrete floors. The cook-room has two closets, one of which is the dumb-waiter.
The building is painted 3 coats of paint without and grained.
The interior has every detailed carried out in the best manner.

The accompanying illustration for cornice work is represents a plain cornice for a country villa to be used with the mansard roof. Brackets are to be 4” face, with ½” scroll side-pieces, simply nailed on. Moulded circular panels, with ½” scroll ornaments inserted, accompany. In each bracket two rosettes are to be inserted, No carving is needed, handsome scroll-work answering the purpose equally as well and costing less. The cornice of the cottage is to the cottage itself what real lace trimming is to a lady’s bonnet, and too careful attention can not be given to the study of the subject, with a view to secure the utmost in gratification of taste at the minimum of cost

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