The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment II. Relating To Symmetry.

Architectural elevations

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THE elevations in the first plate will serve to elucidate some remarks on architecture, not to be expected in treatises which relate merely to the five orders, and their symmetrical arrangement. Such works give a very inadequate idea of that art which teaches to adapt the habitation of man to rural scenery, uniting convenience with beauty, and utility with ornament. The houses A, B, and C [fig. 153, p. 411], represent that sort of plain front which may be extended to any length, even till it reaches the dimensions of a barrack or an hospital. But in all such fronts, a certain degree of symmetry is deemed essential; and, therefore, we expect to see the door in the centre of the building. This arrangement, in small houses, tends to destroy interior comfort, by dividing from each other those principal rooms which a family is now supposed to occupy.