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Classic home design: Picturesque villa (1862)

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A picturesque villa

Designed expressly for Godey’s Lady’s Book by Samuel Sloan, Architect, Philadelphia

We are indebted to Mr Sloan for the above illustration of the residence of our present Secretary of State, Eli Slifer, Esq, who kindly permits the use of them for our readers.

The chosen site of this building is on the western bank of the Susquehanna River, in the suburbs of the town of Lewisburg, Union County, Pennsylvania. As will be seen by a reference to the plans, the house is designed as well for convenience as in its interior arrangements for beauty and picturesqueness, in part caused by its irregular outline.

The man who builds a country-house for a family consisting of eight persons would, perhaps, find the rear portions of this one unnecessary, neither would their omission impair its beauty.

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