Proposal for Astor House (Park Hotel), New York (perspective)
Designed by Ithiel Town (American, Thompson, Connecticut 1784–1844 New Haven, Connecticut)
Alexander Jackson Davis (American, New York 1803–1892 West Orange, New Jersey)
Watercolor, ink, and graphite on paper
20 5/16 x 31 1/2in. (51.6 x 80cm)
Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1924
Not on view
This drawing shows a design produced by A.J. Davis and Ithiel Town (as Town & Davis, 1829-1835) for the Astor House, the first luxury hotel in New York City envisioned by John Jacob Astor. Athough Town & Davis' imaginative study was very modern and quite spectacular, the actual commission went to Isaiah Rogers in 1834 and the hotel opened in 1836 as the Park Hotel. The south side of the building was demolished in 1913 to make way for the subway constructions, and the rest of the building was torn down in 1926.
Alexander Jackson Davis; Joseph Beale Davis; Vendor: Joseph Beale Davis
Peck, A. J. Davis, 1992, no. 30, p. 19, and color pl. 21.
Alexander Jackson Davis, American Architect 1803-1872. Exh. cat. Amelia Peck, 1992, cat. no. 30, fig. no. 21, p. 19.
Catherine Hoover Voorsanger, John K. Howat Art and the Empire City: New York, 1825–1861. Exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sept. 19, 2000 to Jan. 7, 2001. New York and New Haven, 2000, cat. no. 77, fig. no. 77, p. 427.