Architectural Archives

George Ashdown Audsley Collection (013)

The collection contains ten architectural drawings, 1893-1898, documenting five architectural projects by George Ashdown Ausdsley and his brother William J. Audsley, as well as five drawings illustrating the construction of architectural models in laminated cardboard, drawn by his son Berthold Audsley in 1935. 

Biographical / Historical Sketch

George Ashdown Audsley (1838-1925) was born in Scotland, and practiced architecture in Liverpool in partnership with John Cunningham, and later with his brother, William J. Audsley (1833-1907).  Although they were successful in their Liverpool practice, the Audsley brothers emigrated to New York in 1892.  In America, the brothers designed many public buildings, most notably the Layton Art Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1888), and the Church of Edward the Confessor in Philadelphia.  An authority on organ construction, George Audsley was selected as designer of the great organ in the Festival Hall of the St. Louis Exposition of 1904, an organ subsequently installed in the John Wanamaker Store in Philadelphia. 

George Audsley's son Berthold (1874-1962) dedicated the majority of his career to the building of scale models for the Newark Museum (Newark, NJ) and the Edison Lamp Works. 

Scope and Content Note

The collection is arranged in two series.  Series I comprises ten drawings documenting works by George Ashdown Audsley and his brother William J. Audsley (1893-1898).  Projects include competition designs for the New York City Hall, 1893 and for the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, New Jersey, 1897, a detail elevation for an office building (possibly the Bowling Green Building), an elevation of an unidentified Gothic style building, and two renderings illustrating schemes for a bank, dated 1898.  Series II comprises five drawings made by Berthold Audsley illustrating construction techniques for scale models in laminated cardboard, 1935.