In selecting a style for an edifice, its peculiar requirements must be allowed to govern.
Fig. 12. - Modified Tuscan Order.
Fitness Of Styles
That style of architecture is to be preferred in which utility, stability, and regularity are gracefully blended with grandeur and elegance. But as an arrangement designed for a warm country would be inappropriate for a colder climate, it would seem that the style of building ought to be modified to suit the wants of the people for whom it is. designed. High roofs to resist the pressure of heavy snows, and arrangements for artificial heat, are indispensable in northern climes; while they would be regarded as entirely out of place in buildings at the equator.
Among the Greeks, architecture was employed chiefly upon their temples and other large buildings; and the proportions of the orders, as determined by them, when executed to such large dimensions, have the happiest effect. But when used for small buildings, porticos, porches, etc., especially in country places, they are rather heavy and clumsy; in such cases, more slender proportions will be found to produce a better effect. The English cottage-style is rather more appropriate, and is becoming extensively practised for small buildings in the country.