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Town and Davis (1829-1835)

Founded: New York City, New York, USA
  • New York City, New York
  • Architect
NC Work Locations:
  • Raleigh, Wake County
  • Wake
Building Types:
  • Public
Styles & Forms:
  • Greek Revival

North Carolina State Capitol [Raleigh]

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North Carolina State Capitol [Raleigh]


The firm of Town and Davis of New York was established in 1829 by the established engineer and architect Ithiel Town and his younger partner Alexander Jackson Davis. They continued the partnership until 1835. It is considered to have been the first professional architectural firm in New York. During 1832-1833 the firm also included architect James Dakin. In North Carolina, Town and Davis's principal project was the North Carolina State Capitol (1833-1840). For more on that project and the work of both principals, see entries on Ithiel Town and Alexander Jackson Davis.

Author: Catherine W. Bishir.

Published 2009

Building List

North Carolina State Capitol (Raleigh, Wake County)

Wake Raleigh


Dates: 1833-1840
Location: Raleigh, Wake County
Street Address: Union Square, Raleigh, NC
Status: Standing
  • Public
Images Published In:
  • Catherine W. Bishir, North Carolina Architecture (1990).
  • Catherine W. Bishir and Michael T. Southern, A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Piedmont North Carolina (2003).
  • Edward T. Davis and John L. Sanders, A Romantic Architect in Antebellum North Carolina: The Works of Alexander Jackson Davis (2000).

Although sometimes credited solely to Town and Davis, the design of the capitol was the result of a sequence of work by William Nichols, Sr. and Jr., Town and Davis, and David Paton, with advice from William Strickland. For a fuller explanation of the chronology and contributions of architects involved in the State Capitol, see Bishir, North Carolina Architecture and other sources cited herein.

North Carolina State Capitol

Town and Davis's Work Locations

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