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“The house is rudimentary as a child’s drawing, and of a bareness, cleanness and sobriety which only Doric architecture, so far as I know, can hope to approach: this exact symmetry is sprung silently and subtly, here and there, one corner of the hosue a little off vertical, a course of weather-boarding failing the horizontal between parallels, a window frame not quite square, by lack of skill and by weight and weakness of timber and time; and these slight failures, their tensions sprung against centers and opposals of such rigid and earnest exactitude, set up intensities of relationships for more powerful than full symmetry, or studied dissymmetry, or use of relief or ornament, can ever be.”

– James Agee


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