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

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

Date: 1865

Medium: Watercolor, ink, and graphite on paper

Dimensions: Sheet: 25 7/16 × 54 3/8 in. (64.6 × 138.1 cm)

Classifications: Drawings, Ornament & Architecture

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1924

Accession Number: 24.66.42


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.