The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: London to Manchester in the Spring of 1831

Grand street frontages

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A second error, and one which we have mentioned so often that we shall not here dwell on it, is that of having the architecture and the material of two or three sides of a country house different from that of the fourth or best side. It is not uncommon to see a house with an attempt at a handsome front, by the employment of architectural ornaments, and the use of a superior description of brick or stone on that front, while the sides of the same house are not only of an inferior style of architectural ornament, but even of an inferior material. Now, as, in the country, all the sides of a house are alike seen, or nearly so, it is obvious that, as they belong to the same object, they ought to be of the same material, and in the same style. This fault, like the preceding one, is easily traced to street buildings: and too many villas might be readily imagined to be only slices taken from streets. Every detached house in the country ought to bear examination on all sides.