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The lover of art and landscape can have a dwelling in the Tuscan style; the wealthy landowner, a castellated home; the leisured gentleman, RomanHudson — the poets and politicians "It was evidence was sub- a River landscape home It rural, significance a toric motifs was achingly For a generation of European-inspired — led — the home had ment," wrote Downing. apparent. tics millionaire the appeal of the past living standards rose, the discrepancy be- fulfillment or from the present. hold chores. " asked utility ous union of buildings and scenery expression of purpose ...

The trim is usu- pattern Mirroring the civilizing changes in American new New narrower boards dwellings were well proportioned, com- to produce pleasant England, clapboard — remains — now cut in popular. Fieldstone is and the Hudson River Valley. Brass hardware becomes more characteristic of rural Pennsylvania — posed for formal effect, and from plinth to pediment embellished with robust ornament. — wood, vigorously carved In rural society since the first breaching of the wilderness, the in cheerful tones of blue, green, salmon, or yellow) can be associated with common.

A porch is often integrated into the plan. Forms perpetuating ethnic traditions and all but ignoring Greek Revival style include the Texas German plan with two rooms side by side [86], the Monterey type with laterally disposed rooms having individual entries and a second-story gallery [85], and the New Orleans courtyard- oriented house [88]. ican taste and carpenter skill 39 — free rather than mechanical interpretations of their prototypes. Doorways and windows are boldly delineated. Door openings are generally flanked by side lights and headed by an oblong transom light [64; 86].

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