Architectural Designs for Model Country Residences
Category: Build and Access the Collection
Location: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library
Architectural designs for model country residences : illustrated by colored drawings of elevations and ground plans, accompanied by general descriptions and estimates : prepared expressly for persons who contemplate building, and artisans throughout the United States
A book published to sell his designs to prospective clients and illustrated with twenty lithographs in full color, Architectural Designs for Model Country Residences is one of the handsomest American books of architecture published in the 19th century. It includes designs for villas, cottages, and mansions in the Italian and Gothic styles, along with Greek Revival. John Riddell advocated the use of cast ironwork on porches (for columns) and other decoration, and often employed towers and belvederes in his Italian Villa and Italianate plans. Included in the volume was a list of his clients and locations of many of the buildings he designed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
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