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Andrew Jackson Downing and his Legacy: Newburgh Buildings

Newburgh native Downing was a pioneer of American landscape architecture and design

W.E. Warren House

Built by Calvert Vaux in 1854, this is Design No. 14 in his book Villas and Cottages. The design is influenced by Downing's book Cottage Residences; or a Series of Designs for Rural Cottages and Cottage-Villas, and Their Grounds, Adapted to North America. The house is located at 196 Montgomery St.

Highland Gardens (Downing's Home)

Also known as Botanic Garden and Nurseries or Highland Nurseries, Highland Gardens was Downing's home, farm and nursery on Grand Street. 

from the New York Botanical Gardens holiday show

from the New York Botanical Gardens holiday show


The Balmville home of Catherine and Warren Delano, the grandparents of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Downing and Vaux completed their redesign of the existing mansion in 1854. FDR's mother Sara was born at Algonac in 1852 and married the future president's father James Roosevelt there in 1880.


Warren Delano, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Sara Delano Roosevelt at Algonac

More About Algonac

City Club

 Constructed in the mid 1850’s as a residence for Dr. Culbert. Design no. 20 from Downing's Villas and Cottages.

Newburgh Restoration

Newburgh Savings Bank

Frederick Clarke Withers. Smith and Second Streets. Completed in 1868, demolished 1970

Dutch Reformed Church

1837. Alexander Jackson Davis

Dutch Reformed Church (World Monuments Fund)