Every building should manifest its destination. If it be intended for national purposes, it should be magnificent - grand; for a private residence, neat and modest; for a banqueting-house, gay and splendid; for a monument or cemetery, gloomy - melancholy; or, if for a church, majestic and graceful - by some it has been said, "somewhat dark and gloomy, as being favorable to a devotional state of feeling;" but such impressions can only result from a misapprehension of the nature of true devotion. "Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace." The church should rather be a type of that brighter world to which it leads. Simply for purposes of contemplation, however, the glare of the noonday light should be excluded, that the worshipper may, with Milton -
Fig. 13 - Egyptian Architecture.
Prevalence Of Wooden Dwellings
However happily the several parts of an edifice may be disposed, and however pleasing it may appear as a whole, yet much depends upon its site, as also upon the character and style of the structures in its immediate vicinity, and the degree of cultivation of the adjacent country. A splendid country-seat should have the out-houses and fences in the same style with itself, the trees and shrubbery neatly trimmed, and the grounds well cultivated.