Born in NYC, he became one of the most distinguished American architects of his time, equally fluent in Egyptian, Greek, or Gothic styles. He joined Town&Davis in 1829, becoming a partner in 1832, and, with Ithiel Town, he designed New York University (1833–7), one of the first examples of Collegiate Gothic in America. He set up an independent practice in 1833, and designed several distinguished Greek Revival buildings, including the First Presbyterian Church, Troy, NY (1834), Bank of Louisville, KY. (1834–6), and University of Louisiana (1847–55), later Tulane University. His Louisiana State Capitol, Baton Rouge (1847–52), is a daring Gothic Revival essay. He influenced Minard Lafever and produced drawings for several plates in two of the latter's books.
Lafever (1968, 1969);Patrick (1980);Placzek (ed.) (1982);Sturgis et al. (1973)