Interlude 2: More Old Building Designs

So, I am a Project Gutenberg addict. There is a goldmine of lost practices and designs for structures in there. This one is called Wordward’s Graperies and Horticultural Buildings and has some beautiful building designs of “Graperies” that would make fine Little House designs in their own right.

Here are a few pictures from the ebook:

This one is a front view of what, in the book, is a quite long structure intended to grow grapes indoors in the Hudson river valley, where they were not successful at growing European grapes because of mildew problems.

The one below is an open-ended structure that appears to be a kind of promenade with fountains.

This one looks to be a full-scale greenhouse.  I like the idea of the long windows along the side walls.

This one appears to be built on a foundation that barely reaches above grade, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t make a livable structure. With the gutters at the edge, they could act as part of a rainwater collection system, in my estimation.

Finally, there is this one, with the greenhouse/gazebo structure built right onto the house.

I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I do.  If you feel so inclined, go read the book.  This sometimes feels like rediscovering the wheel instead of reinventing it.


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