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.] - Next to the Gothic style, the Romanesque (or Lombard,) appears better adapted than any other to religious edifices. Though there is, in its lines, less of religious aspiration than in the Gothic, yet it is also equally removed from the level plane of reason which we find in the Greek architecture. There is much, both of beauty and balance, in the curved lines of its arches, and it admits the spire almost as naturally as the Gothic style. Besides this, so far as association is worth anything, it has clearly the advantage of the Gothic style - since the earliest christian churches were all round arched, or Romanesque.
This engraving is a portrait of an Independent Chapel, at Boston, England, designed by Mr. Stephen Lewis, and may afford some hints to the committee of some of our religious societies, looking about for ideas. It is different from most churche in having a spacious basement room on the ground floor, sufficiently elevated to be abundant lighted and ventilated - in short, as healthful an agreeable as a school-house above ground. This school accommodates 400 boys and girls. The exterior length of the chapel is 62 feet, the width 37 feet 6 inches; the internal length 56 feet 8 inches, the width 32 feet; the hight of side walls from pavement, 31 feet; the height of gables 46 feet; the tower height, 62 feet; the spire and vane 48 tention of those who desire to unite economy with good effect.