Town, Ithiel, 1784-1844

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Ithiel Town was an architect and bridge builder. He studied with Asher Benjamin in Boston and was a partner with Alexander J. Davis for a few years. Town was a leader in the Greek and Gothic Revival styles in American architecture. But it was his profits from bridge building that enabled him to amass the largest library of art, architecture, and engineering books and prints in the United States. He began to sell off his library before his death in 1844.

From the description of Auction catalogs of his library [microform], 1843-1850. (Winterthur Library). WorldCat record id: 261232535

Architect, of New Haven, Conn.

From the description of Ithiel Town papers, 1810-1873. (New Haven Colony Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 319633774

Architect; first major work was Center Church in New Haven, CT.; subsequently designed many buildings in New Haven, Hartford, New York City, Indianapolis, Raleigh, N.C.; worked in partnerships based in New York, 1827- ; in 1820 granted a patent for a truss bridge and became known as the foremost bridge-builder in U. S.

From the description of Ithiel Town papers, 1801-1855 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702167015

From the guide to the Ithiel Town papers, 1801-1855, (Manuscripts and Archives)

American architect.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New Haven, to Alexander Jackson Davis, 1839 Jul. 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270572898

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Cole, Thomas, 1801-1848. Thomas Cole papers, 1821-1863. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892. Custom house. New York, N.Y. [graphic] : perspective / Designed by Ithiel Town and Alexander Jackson Davis Architects. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892. Design for an Architect's office [graphic] : floor plan / Davis. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892. New York Merchant's Exchange [Wall Street and Hanover, New York, N.Y.] [graphic] / Town & Davis Architects. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Silliman family papers, 1717-1977, 1717-1911 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Town, Ithiel, 1784-1844. Ithiel Town papers, 1801-1855 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Parris, Alexander, 1780-1852. Papers, 1823-1851. State Library of Massachusetts
referencedIn Hillhouse family. Hillhouse family papers, 1707-1943 (inclusive), 1771-1938 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Seymour, George Dudley, 1859-1945. George Dudley Seymour papers, 1684-1944 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892. [Building design for a store or other commercial purpose, Baltimore, Md.] [graphic] : [elevation] / Town & Davis, Architects, Athenaeum, Balt. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Silliman family. Silliman family papers, 1717-1977 (inclusive), 1717-1911 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Town and Davis (Firm). Indiana State Capitol architectural illustrations [art originals], ca. 1831. Indiana Historical Society Library
referencedIn Russell & Co., Guangzhou, China, Records, 1812-1894, (bulk 1819-1840) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Dunning & Donaghe (New Haven, Conn.). Dunning & Donaghe letters to Thomas W. Smith & Co., 1828-1831. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Silliman family. Silliman family papers, 1717-1977 (inclusive), 1717-1911 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Alexander Jackson Davis papers, 1791-1937 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Elliot, William. William Elliot letter, 1828 February 14, to Ithiel Town. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Hillhouse family papers, 1707-1943 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of American manuscripts, 1582-1843. Houghton Library
creatorOf Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892. Custom House N.Y. Longitudinal section. Premium design [graphic] : Longitudinal section / A.J. Davis dcl.; Town & Davis Architects. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Stephens, Ann S. (Ann Sophia), 1810-1886. Papers of Ann S. Stephens [manuscript], 1836-1884. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Thompson, Charles, 1801-1889. Charles Thompson account book, 1826-1831. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892. Architectural Etchings, etc. : [portfolio] [graphic] / Alexander Jackson Davis. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Ithiel Town papers, 1801-1855 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892. 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. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Russell & Co. Russell & Co., Guangzhou, China, records, 1812-1894 (bulk 1819-1840). Library of Congress
creatorOf Town, Ithiel, 1784-1844. Auction catalogs of his library [microform], 1843-1850. Winterthur Library
referencedIn Town, Ithiel : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892. Capitol of the State of Indiana [Indianapolis, Ind.] [graphic] : view and plan / Town & Davis Architects. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Brown, Elizabeth Mills. Elizabeth Mills Brown files on New Haven architecture, 1919-2001(inclusive), 1967-1976 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Dunning & Donaghe (New Haven, Conn.). Dunning & Donaghe letters to Thomas W. Smith & Co., 1828-1831. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Town, Ithiel, 1784-1844. Autograph letter signed : New Haven, to Alexander Jackson Davis, 1839 Jul. 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892. Papers, 1826-1877 1826-1854. Winterthur Library
referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876, 1700-1800 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Town, Ithiel, 1784-1844. Ithiel Town papers, 1810-1873. New Haven Colony Historical Society Library
referencedIn Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892. Alexander Jackson Davis papers, 1791-1937. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892. Church of the Ascention [sic] Canal Street [New York] N.Y. [graphic] : View of church and street. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Peters, Hugh, 1807-1831. Hugh Peters family papers, 1826-1831 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892. Custom house on Wall Street, Nassau St. and Pine St., New York, N.Y. [graphic] / Town & Davis. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Garvan, Anthony N. B. Anthony N.B. Garvan collection, 1827-1980 (bulk, 1827-1889). University of Pennsylvania, Architectural Archives
referencedIn George Dudley Seymour papers, 1684-1944 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892. Girard College, Philadelphia, Pa. [graphic]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892. Church of Ascension, Canal St. [New York, N.Y.] [graphic] : View of church and street. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Stephens, Ann S. (Ann Sophia), 1813-1886. Collection: 1836-1884. University of Virginia. Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Allan, John, 1777-1863. person
associatedWith Austin, Henry, 1804-1891. person
associatedWith Brown, Elizabeth Mills. person
associatedWith Byrd family family
associatedWith Cole, Thomas, 1801-1848. person
associatedWith Connecticut State Capitol (Hartford, Conn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892, person
associatedWith Dunning & Donaghe (New Haven, Conn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Dunning & Donaghe (New Haven, Conn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Elliot, William. person
associatedWith Emmet, Thomas Addis person
associatedWith Episcopal Church corporateBody
associatedWith Garvan, Anthony N. B. person
associatedWith Hayward, William. person
associatedWith Hayward, William. person
associatedWith Hillhouse family. family
associatedWith Hillhouse family. family
associatedWith Parris, Alexander, 1780-1852. person
associatedWith Peters, Etha L. Town, 1809-1871. person
correspondedWith Peters, Etha Town, 1807-1871 person
associatedWith Peters family. family
associatedWith Peters, Hugh, 1807-1831. person
correspondedWith Peters, William Thompson, 1805-1885 person
correspondedWith Russell & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Russell & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Seymour, George Dudley, 1859-1945. person
associatedWith Silliman family. family
associatedWith Silliman family. family
associatedWith Silliman family. family
associatedWith Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866 person
associatedWith Stephens, Ann S. (Ann Sophia), 1813-1886. person
associatedWith Strong, Theodore, 1779-1855. person
associatedWith Thompson, Charles, 1801-1889. person
associatedWith Town and Davis (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Trinity Church on the Green (New Haven, Conn.) corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Connecticut--New Haven
Connecticut
Subject
Architecture
Decedents' estates
Public buildings
Private libraries--Catalogs
Bridges--Design and construction
Architecture--Designs and plans
Capitols
Church buildings
Mathematics
Occupation
Architects--Connecticut--New Haven
Architect
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Birth 1784-10-03

Death 1844-06-13

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