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.
(See Frontispiece.) - Having given in other numbers, sketches of summer houses, or covered garden seats, in rustic work - as the least expensive and most appropriate for the majority of situations, where such structures are needed in grounds, we present in our Frontispiece this month, a couple of sketches of Kiosques, from oriental gardens. In the warm climates of the East, the delight of gardens seems to be enjoyed more by looking at them from summer houses, than rambling about in them, and examing them in detail. Accordingly there is a great deal of fancy and considerable taste exercised in the East in these buildings - usually of wood, built in light and pleasing forms. The roof may be covered with canvass, stretched over a wooden frame; when well painted, this forms the most durable covering. Its surface being smoother than one of wood, it may be made ornamental by being prettily tinted in subdued and delicate shades. Summer houses, in a somewhat finished and elaborate style, like these, are better suited for tjie more ornate grounds of a country residence, where there Is a considerable degree of finish and keeping, than rustic arbors and summer houses.
In long walks, structures of this kind afford more agreeable resting places, and, when erected in any fine points of view, they serve the double purpose of calling the attention to the best position for seeing it, and affording 'shade and rest while enjoying the out-stretched landscape. In all buildings of this kind, the design should be rather simple than complex, and the roof-outline is one which should receive most attention - particularly if the building is seen from any distance. These two sketches of oriental kiosques, may serve as useful hints to our readers, about constructing such decorations in their grounds.