Past Exhibits: A Romantic Architect in Antebellum North Carolina

June 9 - Sept. 1, 2004

Works of Alexander Davis

scale model of Playmakers Theater

This exhibit features architectural designs of A. J. Davis, the architect responsible for the State Capitol building in Raleigh, Davidson College, Dorthea Dix Hospital, much of the University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's campus, and residence styles across the state. A detailed, large-scale model of Playmaker's Theatre accompanies the exhibit.

Alexander Jackson Davis was a New York native, but during the first half of the nineteenth century he made a lasting imprint on North Carolina's natural and architectural landscape. Davis was responsible for remodeling Old East and Old West on UNC's main campus, for completing the design of the State Capitol in Raleigh, for designing the campus of Davidson College, and for creating the Playmakers theater building and the Presbyterian Church, both in Chapel Hill.

The Chapel Hill Museum's exhibit combines information about Davis and his plans with a scale model of the Playmakers theater building an actual pair of seats from the old theater with the Playmakers' logo cast into the supporting structure.

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