The Garden Guide

Book: The Principles of Landscape Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 2: Compositional Elements of Landscape Gardening

Buildings as materials of scenery

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1534. Buildings, as materials of scenery, are entirely under the power of man; and, from that circumstance, were carried to an unwarrantable excess in the decline of the ancient and the infancy of the modern style. Improvements on ground are forgotten by their effect; that of planting may be accounted too distant or too slow by ordinary minds; but a building is complete the moment it is finished. It affords immediate satisfaction to the owner; and, being known as a costly object, full credit is given to him for the expense incurred. Thus wealth, confiding in its powers, multiplied garden-buildings to an excess, which ended in creating a disgust, still existing, in some degree, at their appearance in improved scenery. Before proceeding farther, it may be proper to offer some remarks on the style or architecture of buildings.