A. J. Downing, the celebrated 19th century landscape architect, reserved his greatest admiration for Montgomery Place, in New York's pastoral Dutchess County. His personal and professional relationship with the estate and its owners, and his theories of landscape architecture, are recorded through his letters and his famous article, " A Visit to Montgomery Place." Never before published, 14 watercolor sketches by Alexander Jackson Davis, the noted 19th-century architect and Downing's long-time collaborator, provide stunning evidence of the beauty and splendor of Montgomery Place.
A collection of essential writings by the father of landscape architecture and the urban park movement in the United States. Andrew Jackson Downing (1815–1852), a much-sought-after designer, influential writer, and editor of The Horticulturist, was an internationally known shaper of opinion. Robert Twombly has selected thirty-three essays on Architecture and Building, Landscape Gardening, Parks and Other Public Places, Village Beautification, Horticulture, and Agricultural Education, and provides an introduction to Downing’s life and work and suggestions for further reading.
This incredibly rich, firsthand source for the most popular styles of 19th-century Victorian architecture presents 26 cottage designs — including Gothic, bracketed, Italianate, "rustic," more — and 155 illustrations (includes floor plans).