Swiss Cottage

A Swiss Cottage

"The genuine Swiss cottage may be considered the most picturesque of all dwellings built of wood. Bold and striking in outline, and especially in its widely projecting roof, which is peculiarly adapted to a snowy country, rude in construction, and rustic and quaint in ornaments and details, it seems especially adapted to the wild and romantic scenery where it originated. ...

On thing, however, should never be lost sight of in the selection of any distinct and striking architectural style. This is to remember that its peculiarity and picturesqueness must either be greatly modified to suit a tame landscape, or, if preserved, then a scene or locality should be selected which is in harmony with the style." [Downing, 123-4.]

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