Ithiel Town

  • American

Ithiel Town (1784-1844) was an architect from New Haven, Connecticut. He is remembered today for his role in developing the Greek Revival style of architecture, along with his partner, Alexander Jackson Davis. Town designed a number of churches, state capitols and other public buildings that still stand today. He also designed one of the most widely used wooden bridge trusses, for which he received patents in 1820 and 1835. Researched and written by Lola Bennett, Summer 2002 - NPS

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Principal Town and Davis 1829 1843


Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Architect Old Covered Bridge Sheffield
Architect New Haven Green Historic District New Haven, CT
Architect George Baldwin House North Branford
Architect First Congregational Church of Plainfield Plainfield
Architect Samuel Wadsworth Russell House Middletown
Architect Plainfield Street Historic District Plainfield
Architect West Cornwall Bridge West Cornwall
1810/00/00 A rectangular house, 40 by 36 feet, with a side wing, 24 feet square, and a conservatory, is built for zoologist William Dandridge Peck at the corner of Garden and Linnaean Streets in Cambridge, on the grounds of the Harvard College Botanical Garden. Architect Asa Gray House Cambridge, MA
1828/00/00 Church steeple is erected at St Mark's Church in-the-Bowery Architect St Marks-In-The-Bowery New York City
1829/00/00 Designed by Ithiel Town in close accord with Rev Nathaniel Wheaton, Christ Church is constructed in Hartford, Connecticut, 1827-1829, based on York Cathedral in England. Architect Christ Church Hartford
1843/00/00 The Leake and Watts Orphanage opens at 112th St and Amsterdam Ave. A significant Greek Revival building designed by Ithiel Town, it still stands on the grounds of the current Cathedral of St John the Divine. Architect Cathedral of Saint John the Divine New York City
1844/07/31 Wadsworth Atheneum opens. The first collection consisted of 78 paintings, 2 marble busts, 1 portrait miniature, and 1 bronze sculpture. The building also houses the Connecticut Historical Society, the Young Men's Institute and the Natural History Society. Architect Wadsworth Atheneum Hartford
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