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Sheppard Pratt Asylum (Towson, MD) / Calvert Vaux, bulk 1858-1861

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 12913861 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Vaux, Calvert, 1824-1895. ; Vaux, Calvert, 1824-1895. ; Sheppard Asylum
Title Sheppard Pratt Asylum (Towson, MD) / Calvert Vaux, bulk 1858-1861
Physical Description 17 drawings
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please email avery-drawings@library.columbia.edu.

Description

Publication Date

ca. 1858-61

The Sheppard Pratt Asylum was founded in 1853 for the progressive treatment of the mentally ill by the Baltimore merchant Moses Sheppard. The New York architect Calvert Vaux was hired in 1858 to design the buildings for the institution at the same time Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted won the competition for the design of Central Park. Construction on the Asylum began in 1862, during the Civil War, and because of lack of financial constraints, the Asylum opened in 1891. The Sheppard Pratt Asylum is now on the National Historic Register. The 17 drawings for the project include floor plans, elevations, sections, and detail drawings.

Using the Collection

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please email avery-drawings@library.columbia.edu.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Subject Headings

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Architecture -- United States -- Designs and plans. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mental health facilities -- Design and construction. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Psychiatric hospitals -- Design and construction. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Calvert Vaux (1824-1895) was a British-American architect and landscape designer. He is best remembered as the co-designer (with Frederick Law Olmsted), of New York's Central Park.