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.
We present herewith a wood engraving of a first-class mansion erected at Cottage Hill, Illinois, near the Chicago and Galena Railroad, and eighteen miles from Chicago, by Thomas B. Bryan Esq., an enterprising and esteemed citizen. The situation is on a rise of the Prairie, and enjoys a most exten-sive view. It is surrounded by newly-planted trees in thousands, and we are greatly mistaken if the example set by Mr. Bryan, of sheltering his grounds, so effectually as he has done, does not produce a lasting effect on the mind of Illinois; its inhabitants may here very soon see the results of planting evergreens, and be made aware of what comfort may result. The house is well shown in the picture. It contains: 1st, a spacious Hall; 2d, a large Parlor; 3d, a spacious Drawing-room, with a fine view; 4th, a Library communicating with the latter and overlooking the entire estate of 800 acres; 5th, Dining-room; 6th, Billiard-room and office combined; 7th, Plant Cabinet, communicating with Billiard-room and Dining-room; 8th two Kitchens, Pantries, etc. etc.
"BIRD's NEST," THE RESIDENCE OF THOS. B. BRYAN. ESQ. NEAR CHICAGO.
There are seven chambers, with ample closets, a bath-room, and a room for the Solar Microscope, a remarkable instrument which was exhibited at the World's Fair in London, and took the prize as the best instrument.