John Haviland


John Haviland

Birth Date

15 December 1792


Gundenham, near Taunton, Somerset, England

Death Date

28 March 1852



Biographical Text

John Haviland was an English architect who studied in London and in 1816 moved to the United States. He arrived in Philadelphia and within a few months settled in as one of the few professional architects in the city. He also opened a drawing academy with and later taught drawing at the Franklin Institute. He secured commissions of the First Presbyterian Church (1820), the Eastern State Penitentiary (1821), Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church (1822), the Pennsylvania Institution for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb (1825), and the Franklin Institute (1825). He also built Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Norfolk, VA (1927), New Jersey Penitentiary in Newark, and prisons for Missouri, Rhode Island, and Arkansas.


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