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Page v so long as men are forced to dwell in log huts and follow a hunters life we must not be surprised at lynch law and the use of the bowie knife but when smiling lawns and tasteful cottages begin to embellish a country we know that order and culture are established the architecture of country houses including designs for cottages farm houses and villas with remarks on interiors furniture and the best modes of warming and ventilatingdownings most important work was his architecture of country houses 1850 which passed through nine editions by 1866 and served as the style book for tens perhaps hundreds of thousands of homes throughout the eastern united states it contains thirty four designs for model homes country house in this context simply meaning a separate the above quote from the architecture of country houses illustrates the enormous import downing placed on the quality of the domestic space downing opens his treatment of domestic architecture with a discussion on the real meaning of architecture he explains that it is in part a compound of the useful and the beautifulthroughout the early victorian period american domestic architecture was dominated by the ideas and designs of andrew jackson downing who emphasized function convenience and concord with the environment this volume forms his most important work 321 figures 33 architectural designs introduction

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