The Randall House (1928), designed by John Staub. According to Howard Barnstone, the style is “early Republic.” It was built on the site of the Greek Revival League House (1859), for which Staub designed an interesting remodel. However no Galveston contractors would bid on it because the old house was in a very bad state of repair so the Randalls tore it down to build this one. Now I think I’ve seen all the Staub houses on the island. #latergram #johnstaub #texaseclecticarchitecture #earlyrepublic #galvestonarchitecture #coreopsis #yellowflowers #brickveneer #pilasters

#NewOnTheShelf is ‘American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic’ by #VictoriaJohnson

On a clear morning in July 1804, Alexander Hamilton stepped onto a boat at the edge of the Hudson River. He was bound for a New Jersey dueling ground to settle his bitter dispute with Aaron Burr. Hamilton took just two men with him: his "second" for the duel, and Dr. David Hosack. As historian Victoria Johnson reveals in her groundbreaking biography, Hosack was one of the few points the duelists did agree on. Summoned that morning because of his role as the beloved Hamilton family doctor, he was also a close friend of Burr. A brilliant surgeon and a world-class botanist, Hosack--who until now has been lost in the fog of history--was a pioneering thinker who shaped a young nation.Born in New York City, he was educated in Europe and returned to America inspired by his newfound knowledge. He assembled a plant collection so spectacular and diverse that it amazes botanists today, conducted some of the first pharmaceutical research in the United States, and introduced new surgeries to American. His tireless work championing public health and science earned him national fame and praise from the likes of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander von Humboldt, and the Marquis de Lafayette.One goal drove Hosack above all others: to build the Republic's first botanical garden. Despite innumerable obstacles and near-constant resistance, Hosack triumphed when, by 1810, his Elgin Botanic Garden at last crowned twenty acres of Manhattan farmland. "Where others saw real estate and power, Hosack saw the landscape as a pharmacopoeia able to bring medicine into the modern age". Today what remains of America's first botanical garden lies in the heart of midtown, buried beneath Rockefeller Center.Whether collecting specimens along the banks of the Hudson River, lecturing before a class of rapt medical students, or breaking the fever of a young Philip Hamilton, David Hosack was an American visionary who has been too long forgotten.

The view down to Main Street from my new weekend hang, the Georgian-period home of early American feminist philosopher and writer Judith Sargent Murray. Full of stories and ghost-repelling booties found in the chimney. Open 12-4 Fri, Sat, Sun.

Living my best life, learning about and sharing the story of an 18th century feminist Kween from Gloucester

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