Title: American homes and gardens
Year: 1905 (1900s)
Subjects: Architecture, Domestic Landscape gardening
Publisher: New York : Munn and Co
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
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l grandeur ofAmerica—the Yosemite Valley andthe Rocky Mountains for Europe,every summer—that is every summerwe can? It is the ancient civilization,the same personal element that lurksin every nook and corner of WitchWood. The very panels of thegreat front door have their story, thecross of St. Andrew was the talismanused in Scarlet Letter days to drivethe witches off. The secret closet onthe stairway (see plan) concealed bythe stair paneling, if there be no realghosts in a new house, yet containsan imaginary treasure box hidden bya rich tory relative during the revolu-tion, not to forget the relics of theregicide who owed his life to the se-curity of this deftly contrived retreat.The secret closet is a mezzanine affairfitted into the huge chimney stack. And then we have the ample clustered chimney itself, thecentral mainstay of the whole fabric around which life, in thetimes of our forefathers, revolved. The chimney at WitchWood, as may be seen from the plan, has a passage through
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A Large Open Fireplace with Paneled Overmantel Is Placed in the Living-room not very clear in the interior viewsherewith presented. Mrs. Cromwell looked at herfurniture, and remarked: I havescarcely a piece that properly belongshere. We shall have to live up tothis house by slow degrees. Butbetter this way than to have a repre-sentative collection of historicalfurniture in a poor architectural set-ting. That is an almost hopelessanachronism because it is practicallyimpossible to do anything with thehouse, especially if the furniture beof the vintage of say 1875. Everycultivated person, nowadays, is afurniture collector who is constantlyweeding out and improving his stock.Another decided advantage thearchitect had was permission to usethe small sized lights in the loweras well as the upper half of thewindows. Not many of an archi-tects patrons will readily agree tothis, and he often had much con-cern how to gain the atmosphere sonecessary to ones happiness with the big sheets of plate
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