Restore Explore Connect: Furnishing Blandwood – Changing Taste in Antebellum America, First of a Two-Part Series

When the New York architect Alexander Jackson Davis in 1844 designed what became one of the country’s earliest Tuscan villas, he and his client, the visionary Governor John Motley Morehead, collaborated on various interior details for the enlargement of Blandwood. The recommendations and selections made by both enterprising men—especially with regard to art and furniture—reflect changing tastes and values in mid-nineteenth century America.