This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
The frontispiece this month is illustrative of a handsome specimen of decorative rustic art in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. It is situated at the summit of a natural elevation, approached from the entrance of the Park by a walk of gradual rise, but on the other side overlooks a bank of considerable precipitate declivity. From this point there is a fine survey of nearly all portions of the Park. Towards the south is the broad expanse of the lawn, and drives and paths of the Park extending to the verge of the woods. Eastward is the expanse of the meadows, gardens and farms of Long Island, and in the distance is discerned the deep blue of the Atlantic Ocean. Northward is the magnificent reservoir of Ridgewood water, and westward is the entrance of the Park, with the broad avenue leading down to the city. The building itself is a shelter of thatched roof supported by rustic beans and posts of rough untrimmed trees and cedar wood. The floor is solid stone or tile work, and in front is an open plaza, extending a few feet outward to the fence which overlooks the bank. The shelter will accommodate about 100 persons, is provided with rustic chairs and seats for all visitors desirous of resting, or who have alighted from the carriage to gain the benefit of a better view.
Elegant equipages are constantly passing to and fro, affording life and variety to a very pretty scene. The building is thatched with straw to the depth of a foot and a half, and is fully 100 feet long. The bank immediately in front is turfed with closely out grass and planted with ornamental shrubs and evergreens. At the base is a small pool.