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THE ARCHITECTURAL ANNUAL
under the restorer's hands), were constructed by grown sunken garden, and vaulted passages Valentiny; and although the new wing, with its under the driveway lead directly from this to the horizontal lines and low roofs, suffers in com the Formal Garden. An oval basin containing parison with the old chateau, yet the combina- aquatic plants and watered by an insignificant tion produces an effect both picturesque and fountain, marks the centre of the garden. Two charming.
immense oaks (one recently blown down) were To Valentiny d'Usse owes one of her greatest planted in the plots at either side. We rarely glories—the terraces and gardens. Constructed see shade-trees so prominently placed, but howas they were in a time when Italy was inspiring ever unusual this system of tree-planting may all the northern countries with her painting and be, it is none the less a happy one. Beside taksculpture, it was only natural that the influence ing away the bare look attributed to most garof her architecture and gardening should also be dens of a formal nature, these big trees offer a. felt. Undoubtedly the chateau gardens were sug- cool retreat among the flowers. gested by southern work, yet such a scheme for The well-planned vegetable garden, with its carving out the hillside and stepping down to the greenhouse and potting sheds, is on the next river bank was a natural solution of the problem. terrace, twenty feet below. The road is on a still
Sitting under the shadow of the tall trees at lower grade, and runs along in close proximity the extreme west end of the upper terrace, one to the poplar-bordered river banks. A fine old sees before him and just below a stretch of pleas- four-arched bridge near by spans the river to the ant lawn such as might be used for outdoor waving wheat fields just beyond. And from this sports. A path leads to the Formal Garden laid splendid point of vantage on the upper terrace a out with flower-bordered walks. Access to this pleasant perspective of gardens, vine-covered garden is gained by a stone stairway near the walls and box-trees lead the eye on to the vilentrance to the court. This descends to a grass- lage, with its quaint-roofed houses, in the distance.
THE SWIMMING POOL. BROOKLINE PUBLIC BATHS, BROOKLINE, MASS.
JOSEPH UNTERSEE, ARCHITECT
Swimming is taught in an instruction tank (see plan). The main pool is 80 x 26 feet, and
Showers are provided for the compulsory preliminary cleaning required of all bathers. The