Unexecuted Design for Cross-Block Terrace Development (perspective)

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

Date: ca. 1831

Medium: Watercolor

Dimensions: 9 3/4 x 26 1/2in. (24.8 x 67.3cm)

Classifications: Drawings, Ornament & Architecture

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1924

Accession Number: 24.66.1291


With this inventive design, Davis presented a new concept for rowhouses, siting two long rows crosswise through the block, facing each other over an open central court. The roofs were topped with walkways intended for pleasurable strolls.