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Event Notes

Types of events researched

 

The timeline on the next page was designed to help understand Coxhead’s work, so several categories of events were considered to be potentially significant to his life and work. Some of these categories included Coxhead’s family life and education and how this compared to those of Frank Lloyd Wright, H.H. Richardson, Daniel Burnham and other nationally-known architects.  Another category was where Coxhead was living during the various phases of his career and how this influenced his work.  It was hoped that this might help answer why he originally went to work for W. L. Dow in Sioux Falls, SD, why he moved around so much in his early years, why he went to St. Paul, why he moved to Buffalo, why he stayed here for over thirty years after moving so much earlier in life, why he finally moved from Buffalo, where he lived during his federal work, and why he was in Brewster, NY when he died.

 

Other major categories included the general economic conditions in the United States, the world events taking place, the technological advances in architecture as well as in travel and communications, what groups and periodicals existed during his lifetime, the major commissions of the other world-renowned architects of his time, and the building trends of the times.  It was hoped that all these things might shed light on whether Coxhead was innovative, imitative or a little of both, as well as how Coxhead got his work, how he traveled to the numerous sites and communicated with clients.

 

Types of events selected

 

Of the categories of events considered, all were selected as potentially relevant, but since the point of a graphical time line was to easily understand the associated events, many of the sub-categories had to be pruned.  For instance, while it would have been nice to chart at least the life spans of all the contemporaneous major architects, this just wasn’t feasible, so the time line only shows architects who’d practiced with Coxhead, those that obviously influenced his work, or those major architects that it’s reasonable to assume he knew through professional associations.