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New York Custom House, 1837-1842

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: (NNC)9054905
Bib ID 9054905 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Frazee, John, 1790-1852
Title New York Custom House, 1837-1842
Physical Description 4 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

Scope and content

The four drawings include: Frieze detail (Anthemion Band) : ink and graphite on paper (33 x 49 cm) ; Plan and elevation for the fly-doors at the entrances of the New Custom House, N.Y. : pen and ink on paper, signed (33 x 40 1/2 cm) ; Plan of the Basement of the New Customs House, New York : Ink, brown wash, green wash on paper mounted on linen (64 x 97 4/5 cm) ; Plan of the Flagging of the Principal Floor of New Custom House, N.Y. : Ink on paper mounted on linen (59 x 93 1/3 cm). Condition: The two larger drawings are heavily varnished and stained. A medium size portion of the "Plan and elevation for the fly-doors" has been cut.

General Note

John Frazee's work on the New York Custom House and two drawings are cited in "John Frazee and the New York Custom House" by Louis Torres, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historicans, Vol. 23, No. 3 (Oct., 1964), pp. 143-150

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Method of acquisition--Purchased;; Date of acquisition--2011. Accession number--2011.017.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Subject Headings

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Architectural drawings -- American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Detail drawings (drawings) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Government office buildings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Plans (drawings) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

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Alexander Hamilton United States Custom House (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- United States -- Designs and plans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Custom House (New York, N.Y. : 1842-1962) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Domes (architectural elements) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Federal Hall National Memorial (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Frazee, John, 1790-1852 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Greek revival (Architecture) -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Public buildings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rotundas (buildings) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

John Frazee was a sculptor and architect from New York City. On July 22, 1835, Frazee was appointed "Architect and Superintendent" in the construction of the New York Custom House, taking over for Samuel Thomson who resigned from the position in April of that year. When Thomson resigned, he took with him all of the plans for the building, which were modified plans of the original design by Ithiel Town and Alexander Jackson Davis. Moreover, the foundation had been laid prior to Frazee's appointment, leaving Frazee to draw new plans based on the already completed construction.