Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Gothic and Italian cottages, 1869


Two beautiful cottages, both on the same plan; one being an imitation of Gothic, Elevation No. 1; and the other plain Italian, Elevation No. 2, with Mansard roof to the attic story.

They exhibit a very compact dwelling, with the kitchen on the first floor as it should be for most all country-houses the sites sometimes allowing a basement for this purpose, where the building is situated on a side-hill.
The size of the building will be found to measure 34 feet front by 29 feet deep

ground floor
A, Parlor, 13 by 15
B, library, 13 by 12, with small closet
C, dining-room13 by 15, connected with the kitchen by a passage
D, kitchen 13 by 11,
between the kitchen and dining-room
E, the pantry 3 by 9, with shelves and drawers complete.
G is the hall, 6 feet wide, with stairs well in the rear.
The kitchen has a range and a boiler, a sink and drain-shelf, a cupboard, and other appurtenances; a pantry, F, and a back-door opening out on a back-stoop.

On the second floor, there are four bedrooms; a bath-room, 6 by 7, with bath-tub, water-closet, and wash-basin, each bedroom having large closets; a large linen closet off the hail; and a small room in front of the hail.

Elevation No. 1 has no attic; while in the attic of No. 2 there is only one bedroom at present, though there could be more if desired. The rest of the attic floor is now open garret.

These two houses are erected in the best manner, with stone foundations, narrow weather boarding on diagonally rough siding, slate roofs, hard finish, inside cornices on first floor, and inside trimmings, doors, etc, all of clear pine.
The outside of Nos, 1 and 2 is painted three coats; the inside, two coats shellac with darker shades to mouldings, etc. This finish to inside woodwork, where the same is of pine, is one of the best methods of producing a good effect at little expense; and in case of shrinkage of the joints, there will be the best of grounds for graining in black walnut, if desired; instead of painting in black walnut first, and having the effect marred by the shrinkage of the door-panels and other mitres.

In explanation of the details to No. 1,(on left)
Fig. 1 represents the barge-boards and pendants to gables;
Fig. 2 is the pinnacle to top of gable;
Fig. 3 is the section and fascia of bay-window cornice, having no gutter;
Fig. 4 is the detail of the front entrance porch, and detail of the
The details of No- 2 (on right) are represented by
Fig. 1, the main cornice ;
Fig. 2, the cornice to slate roof;
Fig. 3, the cornice to bay-window, and caps to the
pilaster of same ;
Fig. 4, the detail of the front porch.

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