House & Garden; Hg. Volume 9-10

House & Garden; Hg. Volume 9-10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ... his correspondence of having visited such houses in Eastern Mexico. In plan and in its main conceptions the building is perhaps not radically unlike what Mr. Olmsted proposed, and yet one cannot look upon this great structure of yellow brick and terra-cotta, conspicuous beyond excuse, and altogether inharmonious with its environment, without realizing how A FOOT-PATH IN FRANKLIN PARK SHOWING THE CHARACTER OF THE BORDERING PLANTATIONS PATH AND DRINKING FOUNTAIN NEAR THE OVERLOOK easy it is to follow what appears to be the letter of a master's design and fail utterly to catch his spi-rit. Equally regrettable is the Refectory's failure as a restaurant. For a few years it was conducted as such, then closed, and now the building is used as a branch of the Public Library. The question at once arises, why did it fail? In the public parks of other cities, Detroit, Philadelphia, Brooklyn and New York, restaurants similar in character are successful. Three explanations have been given: (I) that the lessee was not capable; (2) that to receive sufficient patronage, such a restaurant must have at least beer as well as other drink and food for sale; (3) that the people of Boston have not generally the habit ofeating out-of-doors. These explanations seem inadequate. Before discontinuing such a feature of a park intended for public use, a park that should do everything that is proper to attract people, it would seem t h a t further experiments should have been made. The roads and paths of Franklin Park deserve high praise. They go where they are wanted, they are properly built, and they look well, and this is the whole philosophy of roads. In all there are seven miles of driveways, fourteen miles of walks, and one mile of riding pad. The circuit...show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 408g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236806093
  • 9781236806093