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Rural Architecture Being a Complete Description of Farm Houses, Cottages, and Out Buildings   By: (1800-1890)

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In the comprehensive book Rural Architecture, author Lewis Falley Allen takes readers on an insightful journey through the world of farm houses, cottages, and out buildings. Published in the late 19th century, this timeless piece serves as an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the history and design of rural architecture.

Allen's meticulous attention to detail is evident throughout the book, as he provides a complete and thorough description of each structure he examines. From the sturdy farm houses to the charming cottages and practical out buildings, Allen leaves no stone unturned in his endeavor to educate readers about these architectural marvels.

One of the book's greatest strengths is its readability. Despite being a technical guide, Allen's writing style is remarkably accessible and engaging. He effortlessly blends technical jargon with relatable anecdotes and captivating examples. This makes the book suitable for a wide range of readers, from architecture enthusiasts to history buffs, and even those simply curious about rural living.

The illustrations in the book deserve special mention, as they beautifully complement Allen's prose. Meticulously drafted blueprints and detailed drawings bring the structures to life, allowing readers to fully grasp and appreciate their form and function. These visuals not only enhance the reading experience but also contribute to the book's educational value.

Furthermore, Rural Architecture offers more than just a description of different building types. Allen delves into the cultural and social aspects associated with rural architecture, exploring the relationship between the structures and the people who inhabit them. He discusses the influence of regionalism and the impact of the surrounding landscape on the design choices, contextualizing each building within its environment.

While the book undeniably excels in its examination of rural architecture, some readers may find the absence of a more contemporary perspective disappointing. Being written over a century ago, the absence of modern design principles and technological advancements might hinder readers seeking more up-to-date information. However, it is essential to remember that Rural Architecture serves primarily as a historical resource and a window into the past rather than a guide for current architectural practices.

In conclusion, Rural Architecture by Lewis Falley Allen offers an in-depth exploration of farm houses, cottages, and out buildings that will captivate readers with its insightful descriptions and engaging writing style. With its wealth of knowledge and visually appealing illustrations, this book serves as an indispensable reference for anyone interested in the world of rural architecture and the fascinating stories behind these iconic structures.

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[Transcriber's Note:

Typographical errors and inconsistencies are listed at the end of the text.]


Being A Complete Description of FARM HOUSES, COTTAGES, and OUT BUILDINGS,


Wood Houses, Workshops, Tool Houses, Carriage and Wagon Houses, Stables, Smoke and Ash Houses, Ice Houses, Apiary or Bee House, Poultry Houses, Rabbitry, Dovecote, Piggery, Barns and Sheds for Cattle, &c., &c., &c.

Together With

Lawns, Pleasure Grounds and Parks; The Flower, Fruit and Vegetable Garden. Also, Useful and Ornamental Domestic Animals for the Country Resident, &c., &c., &c.



Beautifully Illustrated.

New York: C. M. SAXTON, Agricultural Book Publisher. 1852.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1852. By LEWIS F. ALLEN, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York... Continue reading book >>

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