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Andrew Jackson Downing
Birth: Oct. 31, 1815
Newburgh
Orange County
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 28, 1852
Riverdale
Bronx County
New York, USA

Architect. One of America's premier landscape architect, he wrote many books on the subject and thus, by reputation was dubbed "The Apostle of Taste." His work included locales in New York State's Hudson River Valley, at Newport, Rhode Island's "cottages" and in The Capitol Mall at Washington, D.C. where a huge urn stands as a memorial to him in the garden of The Smithsonian Castle - the first monument dedicated on The Mall. He traveled to Europe and was responsible for bringing Calvert Vaux, British-born, Gothic Revival Landscape Architect of New York City's Central Park to name but one project, to the United States. Within a year of his arrival, he made Vaux his partner. Just when his career was achieving high success, A.J. Downing was on a tour with his family, to visit sites in New York City, Newport, Rhode Island and Washington , D.C. when he was drowned, along with his mother-in-law, in "The Henry Clay Steamboat Disaster" in The Hudson River. Calvert Vaux was forced to take over the business and go on with the work that was already on the books. The completion of the projects brought great acclaim. About 40 years after Downing's death, Calvert Vaux died by drowning, about 10 miles downstream of the site of Downing's own demise. A.J. Downing was interred in The Old Town Cemetery, in Newburgh until the 1870s at which time his grave was relocated to Cedar Hill Cemetery by his brother who was one of the founders and still in the family flower business. (bio by: John T. Chiarella) 
 
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  Caroline Elizabeth De Wint Monell (1815 - 1905)
 
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Cedar Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum
Newburgh
Orange County
New York, USA
 
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Originally Created by: John T. Chiarella
Record added: May 12, 2002
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Andrew Jackson Downing
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Andrew Jackson Downing
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Happy Birthday & Happy Halloween
- Tracey Reid
 Added: Oct. 31, 2013

- Lance
 Added: Feb. 9, 2013
Andrew Jackson Downing also designed the grounds of the Danskammer Mansion, home of Edward Armstrong,located east and below the cemetery. What a shame that the mansion and Downing's work there is lost to history. Downing died while helping people escape t...(Read more)
- Neal Richter
 Added: Feb. 1, 2012
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