Ericstan, for John J. Herrick, Tarrytown, New York (perspective)

Artist: Alexander Jackson Davis (American, New York 1803–1892 West Orange, New Jersey)

Date: 1855

Medium: Watercolor, ink, and graphite on paper

Dimensions: 25 5/16 x 30in. (64.3 x 76.2cm)

Classifications: Drawings, Ornament & Architecture

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1924

Accession Number: 24.66.10

Description

Davis' most successful castellated villa was built for dry-goods merchant John J. Herrick. The design was dominated by an enormous three-story circular tower facing west over the Hudson River. The tower housed an extraordinary circular parlor that had an intricately vaulted ceiling springing from a massive central cluster of delicate Gothic columns. Ericstan was demolished in 1944.

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