Lyndhurst for George Merritt, Tarrytown, New York (first floor plan)

Alexander Jackson Davis (American, New York 1803–1892 West Orange, New Jersey)
Watercolor, ink, and graphite on paper
Sheet: 25 7/16 × 54 3/8 in. (64.6 × 138.1 cm)
Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1924
Accession Number:
Not on view
This plan, which shows an unrealized design for round pavilions at the north end of the house, may have been drawn about 1870. According to architectural writers of the day, one of the great benefits of designing irregularly massed buildings was that they could be added to easily. Davis proved this at Lyndhurst, where he only slightly modified the original plan of Knoll (1838–42), and added all the rooms to the north of the original dining-room alcove in the 1860s.
Alexander Jackson Davis; Joseph Beale Davis; Vendor: Joseph Beale Davis
Peck, A. J. Davis, 1992, colorplate 57
Alexander Jackson Davis, American Architect 1803-1872. Exh. cat. Amelia Peck, 1992, color plate 57.