Lyndhurst, the breathtaking villa and one of America’s greatest domestic landmarks, will be highlighted in my upcoming private lecture for the organization of the Leaders of Design Council. Lyndhurst was designed in the 1830s by Alexander Jackson Davis, at the time the leading architect of country houses. In fact, Davis claimed, late in life, to have designed more buildings than any other American architect. His commissions ranged from garden pavilions to statehouses and stretched from New York and New England in the north, to Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and he is mostly known today as the architect of the first campus plan for University of Michigan. He specialized in country houses in a variety of picturesque styles, the most popular among them being Gothic Revival and Italianate. In Lydhurst, Davis achieved a strong Gothic character with narrow hallways, small windows, vaulted ceilings, and gothic arches, creating a gloomy villa according to the Romantic.
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