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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thename itself refreshingly suggestive. At St. Martin, inPhiladelphia, Mermaid Lane comes to a point with a broaddriveway issuing from the Cresheim Valley at that spot.This three-sided bit of land runs to a sharp angle and atno place has much width. It did not form a desirable orvaluable adjunct to the next property, although there weresome fine old trees upon it. The angle seemed too longand narrow to be turned to much account. By a happyinspiration on the part of the architects, Messrs. Savary,Scheetz and Savary, of Philadelphia, it was decided tobuild almost on the property line of the widest portion ofthe wedge turning the house endwise to the two roads andsetting its back to the point. Though this put the frontdoor in a side garden, almost on the boundary of theadjoining place, it secured the utmost privacy, brought thehouse where the occupants could get the full benefit of theold shade and secured a delightful outlook in every direction, May, 1913 AMERICAN HOMES AND GARDENS 161
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Directly opposite thispoint on which MermaidLane Cottage stands, in anangle of the road andnestling at the foot of a bluffis a building known as theIce House—it was one in itsoriginal state of existence—successfully remodeled intoa most comfortable and con-venient human habitation byMessrs. Duhring, Okie &Ziegler, of Philadelphia.The house is small and thereis almost no garden. On thesteep slope at the foot of the mbluff there is only room for The acreage of the site for the small house may be limited, but it often „ f„™ u„^„ „„J u~_Jl„ „ ,,„ presents a commanding location, as in the above instance a rew beds and borders up- K 5 held by most interesting dry stone retaining walls, in the crevices and crannies of which grow and bloom all manner of rock plants. You will probably hold up your hands in horror at ourthird example unless you are blessed with a good imagina-tion and some powers of visualization. It is a little de-serted laborers cottage close besid
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