Alexander Jackson Davis
American architect
Alexander Jackson Davis
Alexander Jackson Davis, or A. J. Davis, was one of the most successful and influential American architects of his generation, in particular his association with the Gothic Revival style.
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School notes east: Brighton, Ontario, Pittsford, Victor, Rochester - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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Alexander Davis of Victor was selected as a high school student representative to attend the American Legion Boys Nation in July. The week-long program, based at Marymount University, Arlington, Va., included daily trips to federal agencies,
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Only in Print in Monday's Daily Messenger - MPNnow.com
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By Staff reports Alexander Davis of Victor received a hero's welcome from the Victor Town Board upon his recent return from Washington, DC, where he took part in the American Legion Boys Nation. Check out area events and happenings on our bulletin
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Gold prices reach parity with platinum - Retail Jeweller
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Alexander Davis, who has his eponymous brand and a shop in London's Duke Street thinks that, if this continues, it could mean designers have to rethink how they work with precious metals. “The high price of materials, especially gold gives fine
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What's next for London Jewellery Week? - JohnJohnSaidIt.com
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... when LJW was still supported by Coutts, stars showing up at events included Jamie Winstone, Tracey Emin and Tara Palmer Tompkinson, to name but a few, but apart from Alexander Davis and Amber Atherton's Monsoon Palace collection launch,
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戴维斯:欧洲央行的行动并没有产生预期效果 - 腾讯网
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... 欧洲央行已经做好准备尽最大的努力提供帮助解决现阶段紧张的情况,但是首先各国也应该采取相应的行动,否则一切的努力都是无用的。欧洲央行已经给出了很多的承诺,但实质性的行动和效果却很少。” 本文作者为
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Kraft moves to break into two companies - MarketWatch
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LONDON (MarketWatch) — Kraft Foods Inc. shares were among the market's few gainers Thursday, rallying on plans to split into two publicly traded companies that would separate its worldwide snacks business from its North
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Humana Ups 2011 Profit Estimate As Net Rises 35% - Fox Business
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LONDON -- Humana Inc. on Monday posted a 35% profit increase as the hospital and pharmacy operator's revenue increased in its retail and health-maintenance segments. Louisville, Ky.-based Humana also raised its estimated earnings for
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Susquehanna Township High School honor roll - Patriot-News
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Tahreem Akhtar, Analisha Appleberry, Zachary Bell, Heidi Berkhouse, Sanatu Bukari, BreeAna Coleman, Lisa Dam, Alexander Davis, William Findling, Brandon Fuller, Tyler Gilbert, Katherine Graham, Luis Hernandez, Sarah Kegerreis, Kayla Lawson, Trung Le,
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Honor RollS - Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
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... Sarah Buchter, Alexis Butler, Matthew Christofferson, Richard Clark, Melissa Compton, Kayla Coolbaugh, Justine Crane, Mason Crawford, Alexander Davis, Jessica DeRemer, Rachel Dillard, Alivia Dunton, Trystan Edmondson, Sydney Faux, Alexis Goodwin,
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Banks stocks, tech in focus next week - MarketWatch
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MarketWatch's Laura Mandaro and Alexander Davis report. All three banks gained ground Friday and could see a bump in activity depending on what happens with Greece in the next couple of days. A number of US banks would benefit from progress toward
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PetSmart sets dividend hike, stock buyback - MarketWatch
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SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- PetSmart Inc. said Friday after the markets closed that it will repurchase $450 million in company stock and will raise its quarterly dividend to 14.5 cents a share vs. the current 12 cents
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Lonmin Design Innovation Award 2011 – Winners Announced - Platinum today
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In the "Emerging Designers" category – for jewellery designers with less than five years' commercial experience – there are five winners and they are: Leyla Abdollahi, Alexander Davis, Sarah Ho, Anthony Roussel, Laura Strand
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Economy, U.S. debt in market spotlight next week - MarketWatch
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Laura Mandaro highlights the outlook with Alexander Davis. “When you're in between earnings seasons, the focus is on the economic data,” said Wasif Latif, vice president of equity investments for USAA. “Investors will be looking to confirm the
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Timeline
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1892
    Age 88
    Died on January 14, 1892.
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  • 1890
    Age 86
    In 1890, the artist Frederic Remington purchased one of these cottages from which he created his estate "Endion", which served as the studio for most of his artistic career.
    More Details Hide Details The success of "Winyah Park" and "Lathers's Hill" generated other important commissions for Davis in New Rochelle, including two cottage-villas, Wildcliff and Sans Souci, which he designed for members of a prominent Davenport family. Both homes feature Davis's signature central gable.
  • 1878
    Age 74
    In 1878, Davis closed his office, where he had usually both lived and worked.
    More Details Hide Details He built little in the last thirty years of his life, but spent his easy retirement in West Orange drawing plans for grandiose schemes that he never expected to build, and selecting and ordering his designs and papers, by which he determined to be remembered. They are shared by four New York institutions: the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University, the New York Public Library, the New-York Historical Society, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A further collection of Davis material has been assembled at the Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum library. After closing his office he joined his wife, Margaret Beale, whom he had married in 1853, and their two children. "Wildmont," his summer lodge overlooking Llewellyn Park, West Orange, New Jersey, was enlarged for year-round use, but it burned down in 1884, before the family could move there, and he died in a small house on its site.
  • 1867
    Age 63
    In 1867, he designed the Hurst-Pierrepont Estate.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1861
    Age 57
    With the onset of Civil War in 1861, patronage in house building dried up, and after the war, new styles unsympathetic to Davis's nature were in vogue.
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  • 1857
    Age 53
    Davis was invited to become a member of the American Institute of Architects shortly after its founding in 1857.
    More Details Hide Details In the late 1850s, Davis worked with the entrepreneur Llewellyn S. Haskell to create Llewellyn Park in West Orange, New Jersey, a garden suburb that was one of the first planned residential communities in the United States. Davis designed buildings for the University of Michigan in 1838, and in the 1840s he designed buildings for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. At Virginia Military Institute, Jackson's designs from 1848 through the 1850s created the first entirely Gothic revival college campus, built in brick and stuccoed to imitate stone. Davis's plan for the Barracks quadrangle was interrupted by the Civil War; it was sympathetically completed to designs of Bertram Goodhue in the early 20th century.
  • FORTIES
  • 1853
    Age 49
    Davis himself must have been pleased with Winyah because he used its most striking feature, two adjacent yet contrasting towers, in a much larger house named Grace Hill, built in Brooklyn between 1853 and 1854.
    More Details Hide Details In both Winyah and Grace Hill, broad octagonal towers serve as visual anchors for the taller square towers. Lathers later employed Davis to design four additional "investment houses" on his property which became known as "Lathers's Hill". The homes included two Gothic cottages and "Tudor Villa" constructed in 1858, and "Pointed Villa" constructed in 1859.
    For this design Davis won the first architectural prize at the New York World's Fair of 1853–54.
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  • 1851
    Age 47
    In 1851, Davis completed Winyah Park, one of approximately eighteen or more Italianate houses he designed in the 1850s.
    More Details Hide Details Winyah was built for Richard Lathers, who had studied architecture with Davis in New York in the 1830s. It was situated on Lathers's estate in the town of New Rochelle in Westchester County, New York.
  • 1849
    Age 45
    Davis built a similar pavilion for his colleague and fellow NYYC founder, John Clarkson Jay, on Jay's Hudson River waterfront property in Rye, New York, in 1849.
    More Details Hide Details Although this building was taken down in the 1950s, the original setting and garden where it was once located is part of a National Historic Landmark site and open to the public.
  • 1845
    Age 41
    Two smaller but well known structures designed by Davis include one built for John Cox Stevens in 1845; Stevens was the first Commodore of New York Yacht Club and the small Carpenter Gothic building on his property near Hoboken was given to NYYC to be used as its first clubhouse.
    More Details Hide Details This building, fondly called "Station 10", still exists and can be found in Newport.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1837
    Age 33
    Unfortunately the Panic of 1837 cut short his plans for a series of like volumes, but Davis soon formed a partnership with Andrew Jackson Downing, illustrating his widely read books.
    More Details Hide Details Additions to Vesper Cliff were built in 1834. The 1840s and 1850s were Davis's two most fruitful decades as a designer of country houses. His villa "Lyndhurst" at Tarrytown, New York, is his single most famous house. Many of his villas were built in the scenic Hudson River Valley— where his style informed the vernacular Hudson River Bracketed that gave Edith Wharton a title for a novel —but Davis sent plans and specifications to clients as far afield as Indiana, with the understanding that construction would be undertaken by local builders. The village of Skaneateles, New York, has at least two buildings designed by Davis. This practice put Davis's personal stamp on the practical builders' vernacular throughout the Eastern United States as far south as North Carolina, where he designed Blandwood, the 1846 home of Governor John Motley Morehead that stands as America's earliest Italianate Tuscan Villa. Innovative interior features, including his designs for mantels and sideboards, were also widely imitated in the trade. Other influential interior details include pocket shutters at windows, bay windows, and mirrored surfaces to reflect natural light. The Greek Revival style William Walsh House was built at Albany, New York, and Gothic Revival style Belmead was built near Powhatan, Virginia, in 1845.
  • 1835
    Age 31
    From 1835, Davis began work on his own on Rural Residences, his only publication, the first pattern book for picturesque residences in a domesticated Gothic Revival taste, which could be executed in carpentry, and also containing the first of the Italianate style "Tuscan" villas, flat-roofed with wide overhanging eaves and picturesque corner towers.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1831
    Age 27
    In 1831, he was elected an associate member of the National Academy.
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  • 1829
    Age 25
    From 1829, in partnership with Town, Davis formed the first recognizably modern architectural office and designed many late Classical buildings, including some of public prominence.
    More Details Hide Details In Washington, Davis designed the Executive Department offices and with Robert Mills the first Patent Office building (1834–36). He also designed the Custom House of New York City (1833–42). Bridgeport City Hall, constructed in 1853 and 1854, is a later government building Davis designed in the Classical style. A series of consultations over state capitols followed, none apparently built entirely as Davis planned: the Indiana State House, Indianapolis (1831 – 35), elicited calls for his advice and designs in building other state capitols in the 1830s: North Carolina's (1833 – 40, with local architect David Paton), the Illinois State Capitol, often attributed entirely to the Springfield, Illinois architect John Rague, who was at work on the Iowa State Capitol at the same time, and in 1839 the committee responsible for commissioning a design for the Ohio Statehouse asked his advice. The resulting capitol in Columbus, Ohio, often attributed to the Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole consulting with Davis and Ithiel Town, has a stark Greek Doric order colonnade across a recessed entrance, flanked by recessed window bays that continue the rhythm of the central portico, all under a unique drum capped by a low saucer dome. With Town's partner James Dakin, he designed the noble colossal Corinthian order of the Greek Revival "Colonnade Row" on New York's Lafayette Street, the very first apartments designed for the prosperous American middle class (1833, half still standing).
  • 1826
    Age 22
    In 1826, Davis went to work in the office of Ithiel Town and Martin E. Thompson, the most prestigious architectural firm of the Greek Revival; in the office Davis had access to the best architectural library in the country, in a congenial atmosphere where he gained a thorough grounding.
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    Dropping out of school, he became a respectable lithographer and from 1826 he worked as a draftsman for Josiah R. Brady, a New York architect who was an early exponent of the Gothic revival style: Brady's Gothic 1824 St. Luke's Episcopal Church is the oldest surviving structure in Rochester, New York.
    More Details Hide Details Davis made a first independent career as an architectural illustrator in the 1820s, but his friends, especially painter John Trumbull, convinced him to turn his hand to designing buildings. Picturesque siting, massing and contrasts remained essential to his work, even when he was building in a Classical style.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1818
    Age 14
    In 1818, Davis went to Alexandria, Virginia, to learn the printing trade from a half-brother.
    More Details Hide Details Living mostly in New York City from 1823 onward, he studied at the American Academy of Fine Arts, the New-York Drawing Association, and from the Antique casts of the National Academy of Design.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1803
    Born
    Born on July 24, 1803.
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