Proposals, contracts, bills and correspondence regarding a house commissioned by A. Frank B. Chase, at 5 Willard Place, Hudson, N.Y.
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G.B. (Gilbert Bostwick) (b. 1841) of Saratoga Springs, NY, was a leading architect in the ornate Second Empire style. He designed residences and hotels from New England to California, a number of which survive to the present. His publications include Model Suburban Architectre (1870) and Progressive American Architecture (1875).
The collection provides primary documentation of the material design and construction of a mansioned commissioned by the lawyer A. Frank B. Chace and located at 5 Willard Place in Hudson, N.Y. Included are two versions of Croff's "General specifications for the enaction, construction and all requiste material..." (June 1874); two draft proposals and final 26 page contract, with detailed specs, for building the house made with Morris & O'Connor, of Rhinebeck, N.Y. (October 1874); 18 pieces of correspondence, both brief and detailed, from Croff to Chace, with one regarding his book and including a printed prospectus of it; a full run of payment receipts from builders Morris & O'Connor; and a small batch of bills for various materials relating to the house.
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