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 Horticulturist has, from time to time, ever since its first number, given occa. sional designs for ornamental rustic buildings. On looking over the past volumes we find a considerable amount of this kind of illustration, and occasionally in our rides we observe instances of successful imitations of the engravings; an encouragement to continue.
Extremely ornate summer houses are only admissible in a highly finished scene in first class country residences, where the house and all its appurtenances are in a high style of art; but the modest gardens of suburban amateurs may possess the ornamental objects and rural buildings, as spirited in design and as well proportioned as the more expensive and ornate villa.
We present an original design which may be varied in the construction where expense is an object; the turned posts, for instance, might be supplied by cedar in the rough state ; the sawed ornaments around the top may be made by machinery, and the whole filling in, if necessary, may be composed of lath neatly colored.
To a gentleman fond of handling tools, rustic work offers a field of amusement in the winter months, and he may easily form himself into a master builder; with a little exercise of ingenuity, and a good model, effects may be produced that will prove highly-ornamental.
The present structure is well adapted for running vines.