Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The F.H. Davis Estate

 The Frank H. Davis estate designed by C.P.H. Gilbert c. 1900 in Elizabeth, New Jersey.  The article these photos come from give no other information on Davis.  If we have the correct F.H. Davis, he was the owner of Wesson & Money.  Click HERE to see the Davis residence on bing.

Photos from Scientific American, 1902.


Zach L. said...

Ancient...I'm looking in your direction : )

The Ancient said...

Zach --

Here's your F. H. Davis. He may not be the right person, since there's no reference to Elizabeth, NJ any of the material below. And Gilbert couldn't have built the house for this Davis, since he was only about 16 at the time.

It's possible, however, that this Davis bought the house after his second marriage in 1917. (His second wife had roots of sort in Morristown.) When I have time, I'll try to sort this out.


Frank Hamilton Davis

Born December 6, 1883, Died March 6, 1926




(In 1906, Davis is engaged to Elizabeth Wilson Clark. They marry the following year.)


(Also in 1907, Davis graduates from Harvard College.)


(In 1915, his father, Daniel A. Davis, dies and leaves an estate of $1.5 million primarily to his son Franklin and Franklin's three children by his first wife.)


(About 1916, Davis divorces his first wife. In 1917, he marries Mrs. Marie Natalie Foote Mayer. Devotees of early 20th century marital misadventures may possibly be able to sort this out.)


(An improbable tale of a 43 year-old man, sick for three years, grabbing the wrong medicine bottle in the middle of the night. Who keeps "dog medicine" in their medicine cabinet?)

The Ancient said...


(The house is/was on North Broad Street.)

archibuff said...

Shockingly the house is on north broad street as part of a hospital.

archibuff said...

Archibuff curses...Ancient!!!!

How and where do you get all that realetd info from? Damn.

archibuff said...

On closer inspection probably a convent. Still shockingly extant, altered, but extant in a park-like setting. Like the main floor plan.

The Ancient said...

There was a Frank Davis in Elizabeth who was owner of Wesson and Money, a late 19th century company that owned a small gauge railroad and a certain amount of timber land.

He's my best guess. (And he fits the profile of Gilbert's new money clients better than Davis-the-banker does.)


Anonymous said...

I wonder if this is the convent of the Benedictine Sisters - St. Walburga's Convent?


Anonymous said...

Yes, it looks like the mansion.