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Decorative cast iron appears in porch and umns," the "grand" proportions of the entablature, the "spacious surface of the frieze," and the its — — The frame dwelling painted white is ubiqThe "better" house is brick, trimmed with wood or ashlar (square-cut) granite, sandstone, or published in Masonry craftsmanship appearance. Masonry nation that was optimistic, expansive, and mindful of posterity, the Greek brought an architecture of beauty, breadth, simplicity, and permanence. smooth, are joints is at a high level; sur- are fine and even.
Kingston, New York. 1780. A Hudson River Valley vernacular townhouse with Georgian paneled door and fanlight. 1790-1820 Federal "TN Baltimore, as in the other cities, merchants occupy the highest social position; the ship captains are just below," observed a traveler in 1800. " But if dar- in I and shipbuilders with the Federalist party attitude. looked So As before to it is the — principally —were War in work and to need a with, less use for deco- economize on labor and The American architecture was clear: and quality to all classes townhouses in eastern port cities, artisans' goal for to bring comfort, dignity, — in dwellings in identified new grid-plan towns, farmhouses in the hinterlands, cottages on the conservative in moving frontier.
What, lectual powers," then, are the proper characteristics of a Downing. "The harmoni. " irregularity 50 . a . . variety of I In Philadelphia suburb or Romantic Revival Nevada mining camp, styles reflected diversity, ex- pressed complexity, and responded to the challenges of the day. Materials of the wooden Gothic dwelling board-and-batten wall cladding (narrow batten strips covering the joints plied boards) . between Stone is vertically ap- usually rustic in character. The and its variations are more employ brick or stone to create a smooth effect, sometimes using stucco that simulates masonry as a surfacing material.