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Thomas Alexander Tefft architectural drawings

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This collection consists of Architectural drawings by New England architect Thomas Alexander Tefft (1826-1859). The collection comprises 390 drawings dating from the period between 1844 and 1859. Tefft was born in Richmond, Rhode Island, and attended Brown University as a member of the Class of 1851. His drawings include public buildings (churches, schools, libraries, hospitals) and private residences, in addition to towers, gates, monuments and gravestones. In some cases, there are various elevations, views, and floor plans for the same structure. Among the buildings Tefft designed were Lawrence Hall at Williams College; the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts; the Second Baptist Church and Central Congregational Church on Benefit Street in Providence; and the Female Institute in Richmond, Virginia. While many of the structures Tefft designed still stand, some were never built and many have been destroyed.