A Neat plain modern stile: Philip Hooker and his by Mary Raddant Tomlan, Albany Institute of History and Art,

By Mary Raddant Tomlan, Albany Institute of History and Art, Fred L. Emerson Gallery

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Pharoux, a gentleman-architect whose career I tried to rediscover in Orders from France, had less than two years to educate the upstate gentry about the new cosmopolitan style, but educate them he did. He provided city plans and country-house plans and town-house plans, market entries like triumphal arches, cruciform courthouses and temple-form churches and a statehouse which some scholar should review in detail for connections to Hooker's lost State Capitol and Union College building. The friends and clients of Pharoux included members of the Van Rensselaer clan, Philip Schuyler, and john Porteus.

8.  Oneida County Historical Society, Utica. The prospects for Albany's growth must have given Philip Hooker ample reason to remain in the city. His father and brother, John, however, were engaged by agents of the Holland Land Company to construct a large brick hotel at Old Fort Schuyler, about one hundred miles westward. Peter's Episcopal Church in Albany (1802-3). 29 The impressive new hotel undoubtedly acted as an advertisement for Samuel and John's carpentry and building skills, and they obtained work in the village and surrounding region.

All the while staid, steady, dependable, and adaptable Philip Hooker went on providing competently for the needs of the gentry until his death. The Albany Academy and the Hamilton College Chapel are at the highest reach of American craftsmanship of the period in which only the occasional Frenchman, flitting in and out of the scene, gave a sudden dash of elegance to northern New York. Down the Hudson, in the city of New York, the liveliest work of the 1790s through nearly 1820 was largely provided by resident Frenchmen, for, despite the influence of his friend Aaron Burr, Benjamin Henry Latrobe failed to secure clients there.

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