|Birth: ||Jun. 19, 1799|
New Hampshire, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 13, 1874|
Ammi Burnham Young (1799 - 1874)
The son of builder-designer Samuel Young and wife Rebecca, Ammi Burnham Young was born in Lebanon, NH on June 19, 1799. Showing promise in the areas of math and science at a young age, he joined his father's business at the age of 14, an office in charge of erecting churches, courthouses, and academy buildings. This would prove to be fertile ground for young Ammi who would go on to become the Supervising Architect of the United States Treasury in 1852.
Before opening his own office in Burlington, VT in 1830, Young worked under the supervision of architect Alexander Parris, whose use of granite inspired Young's future government commissions. While in Burlington his commissions included St. Paul's Church in Gothic Revival style (1832, burned in 1971 ) and the second Vermont State House designed in 1833 in the Greek Revival style with a Doric portico. A large fire gutted this building in 1857 but the new design included a salute to Young with its similar edifice.
In 1850 he entered the competition for the enlargement of the United States Capitol in Washington, DC. His disappointment over the selection of Thomas U. Walter's design was short-lived when he was appointed Supervising Architect for the U. S. Treasury two years later. Over the next ten years his use of fire proof building materials, including marble floors and stair treads, masonry foundations, and cast iron interior structural and decorative elements graced many federal custom houses and post offices in Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, Ohio and New Mexico, and courthouse in Massachusetts. His one known North Carolina building, the United States Marine Hospital in Wilmington (1857), an Italianate design, showcased his use of stone, brick, and iron (see Walker, James).
He retired from his federal appointment in 1862 and though the office continued, it was on hold during the Civil War. Several of Young's buildings played a part during the war, in particular his Virginia Custom House in Richmond that withstood the raging battle blazes to hold the trial where Jefferson Davis was eventually indicted on charges of treason.
In 1839 Young received an honorary master's degree from the University of Vermont and Dartmouth honored him in 1841.
Ammi Burnham Young died March 13, 1874 in Washington, DC.
Hannah G Young (1802 - 1859)
Polly Hough Young (____ - 1825)*
Polly Young Brownell (1825 - 1888)*
Oak Hill Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Chapel Valley Lot 471
Maintained by: Catherine Cramer
Originally Created by: Loretta Castaldi
Record added: Jun 07, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91529340