Discover the rich architectural history of early New York and trace the city’s transformation from the pre-Revolutionary years through the birth of the American republic. In the colonial era, the city was shaped by its Dutch and English settlers with homesteads such as the Dyckman Farmhouse, the Wyckoff House, and the Morris-Jumel Mansion. In the wake of the American Revolution, people throughout the young nation began adopting lighter and more open design, dubbed “Federal” in honor of the new national government. From this tradition emerged a new “American style” that includes paragons such as the early 19th-century Boscobel, Hamilton Grange, Gracie Mansion, and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
Barry Lewis is an architectural historian who specializes in European and American architecture from the 18th to 20th centuries.
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