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TOWN, Ithiel, architect, born in Thompson, Connecticut, in 1784; died in New Haven, Connecticut, 13 June, 1844. He became associated with Alexander J. Davis in 1829, and the two opened an office in New York. Among the more important of their works were the state capitol in New Haven, the city-hall in Hartford, Connecticut, and the capitols of Indiana and North Carolina. Town also built several bridges, including one over the James river, near Richmond, Virginia He was the possessor of a fine library of books on art, a portion of which went to Yale college. He was one of the original members of the Academy of design, New York, and travelled in Europe in 1829-'30. He published "Description of his Improvements in the Construction of Bridges" (Salem, 1821) ; "School-House Architecture" ; "Sir George Collier's Journal in the 'Rain-bow, ' 1776-'9 " (New York, 1835); and "Atlantic Steamships: On navigating the Ocean with Steamships of Large Tonnage" (1838).
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