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.
A seooNd example is here given of the Americanized Italian Villa, an irregular, picturesque form of house, having the octagon tower, square turret, covered carriage way, and veranda; but in a different composition from that published in the January number of the Horticulturist.
GENERAL FLAN OF HOUSE AND GROUNDS.
The dimensions may be taken with sufficient accuracy from the scale under the parlor, in the tower, communicating by sliding doors with a small boudoir in the turret; and similar doors open on the opposite side, into a veranda on the west On the right, in the hall, is a casement window, opening into the back veranda, sheltered by two sides of the building; and having a southeastern aspect. Also, upon the right, is a door, leading to the stair vestibule, library, dining room, and kitchen, with its offices. The round turret (having a stove room below and a water tank above) adds much to the picturesque character of the house, and is seen in our view on the left. The parlor and library have each a bay window, but differing in form. That of the parlor has a balustraded balcony over it, the window of the second story room opening into it, and commanding a pleasing view over the lawn and river.
The second story of the part made black on the plan, contains four bed rooms; three with sky lights, (adding much to the cheerfulness,) as well as side windows, and ventilating valves in the chimneys; and in the turret is a dressing room. The back building (a lighter tint on the plan) also contains four bed rooms, a bathing room, and closets.
The octagon tower has a fine room in the third story, lighted on four sides; it has a lantern in the ceiling. This room, being intended for a museum of the fine arts and the sciences, is connected with an astronomical observatory at the top of the square turret This turret commands one of the finest views in the state of New Jersey - the Passaic river and adjacent grounds, Newark, Bloomfield, and the Orange range of mountains, with Eagle Rock and its villa rustica, the residence of L. S. Haskell, Esq., the former proprietor of Belmont, who erected the buildings, and planted the grounds.
We shall give a view of villa rustica in a future number.
The walls of Belmont house are of brick, laid hollow, with sand stone trimmings, and stucco, blocked and colored as light sand stone to match. The sashes are painted imitation bronze, a dark green, as are also the verandas - a very important feature in houses of this character, and giving a quiet dignity amid its playfulness. The cost of this house was about $10,000.