the little house


The Little House


January 2002

This is being written for the enjoyment of people like you who appreciate the finer things in life, like art, music, dance and architecture. Of course architecture is a very broad and interesting subject requiring years of study to be fully appreciated. It was only because of my extensive knowledge of the subject that I was able to recognize the greatness of the above discovery.

While walking in the woods one day recently I came upon a prime example of French Gothic from the Victorian period. It was a small house, but there it was, standing there among the trees in all its simple, elegant splendor! I couldnít resist taking a picture to share with you. Itís sleek simple lines and elegant facade, reminiscent of classical Greek and Roman architecture was breath taking. [You bet] All fancy decorations were absent. Even the half-moon ventilator in the door had been omitted. The beautiful building was constructed of natural materials produced in the immediate area, and the components fitted together with the skill of a master craftsman. Such was the attention to detail that it at once reminded me of the Shaker furniture builders.

It was hard to decide just what type of architecture it was patterned after. Was it Roman Doric, Ionic, or true slightly modified Greek Revivalist?

I decided it was Greek Revivalist. I think that it is because if you sat inside for a long period on a hot summer day, I suspect you might need the services of one of those talented Greek doctors called Revivalists to bring you around.

The thing that first struck me when I saw it was the graceful flowing lines created by the Modified Mansard roof.

I would say it had been modified by about one hundred per cent. In fact, some people might call it a "Shed" roof.

Perhaps you didnít know about the origin of the name, shed roof. Here is the true, if amazing, story of the origin of "shed". You have heard of Johnny Appleseed who traveled through the frontier countryside planting apple trees. Well, this is about a religious animal rights cult, whose members traveled around and built little doghouses for homeless canines. Whenever they came to a farm or dwelling which had a dog tied out back without a house of his own, during the dark of the night they would come back and build a small hut. In the morning the owner would be surprised to find a new building for his dog. These doghouses always had the same simple mono-slant roof

The name of this religious cult was called "Salvation in Heaven for Every Dog", or "SHED". Hence the single slant roofs they built were called "shed roofs". This organization worshipped the dog. It was similar to the feeling that the people of India have for cows. Their Priests were referred to as "Father Dog". The Priests could be advanced to titles "Father Hot Dog" and even higher in command to "Father HotDiggity Dog".

And so with the construction of the "Little House" a new chapter in the history of Holy buildings was written. Holy Smoke!! C.E.P.

Copyright©2002 Charles E. Page