Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892

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Dates:
Birth 1803-07-24
Death 1892-01-14
Americans

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Architect, New York City.

From the description of Library catalogue : manuscript, [18--]. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58663446

From the description of Specification of the materials and works required for building a dwelling house at New Utrecht, Long Island, for Edward Kent, according to the accompanying drawings and the conditions subjoined, 1854-1870 / Alex'r J. Davis, Arc. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58663037

From the description of Manuscript, 1823-[1888?]. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58663447

The first of three custom houses, this was built between 1834 and 1842, and is now known as Federal Hall National Memorial.

From the description of Custom House [Wall Street, Nassau Street and Pine Street], New York [graphic] : [perspective view and] plan of the principal floor showing the paved floors, counters, and side walk. / Ithiel Town and Alexander Jackson Davis, Architects. 1834. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 83019294

Davis altered Belmead from 1845 to 1848 for Philip St. George Cocke.

From the description of Belmead [graphic]. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 271453890

Davis' design for the Lyon House was executed between 1842 and 1844.

From the description of Sammy Lyon's ground at White Plains [graphic] : [site plan] / [A.J. Davis, architect]. [ca.1842] (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 80838663

American architect.

From the description of Study of a temple, ca. 1829. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83264902

Herrick residence also known as "Ericstan". Designed by Davis, it was built between 1855 and 1859.

From the description of Castle Herrick, Tarrytown [N.Y.] [graphic] : [perspective views and floor plans] / [A.J. Davis]. [ca. 1855] (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 82805854

Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892) of New York, N.Y., was an architect and draftsman who was actively engaged in the design of public buildings and stores for nearly 60 years. Among his works were the Capitol at Raleigh, N.C., several buildings at the University of North Carolina (Smith Hall) and at the Virginia Military Institute. He was contracted to design the Chambers Building at Davidson College, N.C., built through a legacy from Maxwell Chambers (died 1855) and named for him. The building was constructed in 1858-1859, first used in January 1860, destroyed by fire in 1921, and later reconstructed. During renovation of the reconstructed building the original drawings were lost.

From the guide to the Alexander Jackson Davis's Davidson College Drawings, 1858, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

Davis worked on Montgomery Place, including later alterations, over a period of many years. The house was built chiefly from 1843 to 1867.

From the description of Montgomery Place [graphic] : [various sketches, preliminary drawings, post-construction views, and additions] / A.J.D.[avis]. [after 1840] (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 82963211

Alexander Jackson Davis was an American artist.

From the guide to the Alexander Jackson Davis Views of Mt. Vernon and vicinity, 1830-1831., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

A.J. Davis worked first as a lithographer and then as an architect. In tandem with Ithiel Town, he designed a remarkable number of buildings, public structures (hospitals, school buildings, churches, museums, state capitols) and private dwellings alike. Davis embarked on a solo career in 1843, continuing in practice alone for more than 30 years. At one point in his life, Davis claimed to have designed the most buildings of any living American architect. He is best known for Gothic revival designs.

From the description of Papers, 1826-1877 1826-1854. (Winterthur Library). WorldCat record id: 84666002

Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892), the American architect, started working as a draftsman for Josiah C. Brady and Ithiel Town in New York City. He became Town's partner in 1829 and they collaborated on public structures, including the New York Customs House (1832) and various state capitols. When Davis went into business on his own, he continued to design public buildings but concentrated on designs for large country and suburban houses.

From the description of Alexander Jackson Davis papers, 1791-1937. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122687082

From the guide to the Alexander Jackson Davis papers, 1791-1937, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Architect.

Davis worked both independently and as a partner in the New York architectural firm of Town and Davis.

From the description of Alexander Jackson Davis architectural drawings and papers, circa 1804-1900. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 505719938

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