Francis Bacon (1625)

Houses are built to live in, and not to look on; therefore let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had. Leave the goodly fabrics of houses, for beauty only, to the enchanted palaces of the poets; who build them with small cost.

On Building / Essays, Civil and Moral, The Harvard Classics (http://www.bartleby.com/3/1/45.html)