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.
In his usual flowing and easy manner the writer has shown us in this article how we may beautify and embellish, without depending or calling upon the scroll-work of carpentry, and while he has put in his recommendation for the construction of porches the features of beauty and expression, I will simply add a word as to their economy. Aside from the enjoyment derivable from their use as a resting-place from sun and storm, the very shade of the porch serves to assist in maintaining a more even temperature in the house, making it cooler in the heat of summer, and wanner from its breaking the force of wind and storm in the winter. I like the sketch of fhe rustic perch, but doubt the appropriateness of using rustic work in direct association with anything planed or painted. Were our cottages built of stone, with broad projecting roofs and covered with vines, then a porch of the bodies and branches of the forest trees would be in harmony; but as attached to a white or brown painted house of one and a half or two stories, free from the association of aught but the carpenter's taste in its construction or surrounding, I think a rustic porch would be more unsuited than one of the said cap-penter's own design with all its fancy scroll-work.