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Deaf-Mute Asylum, Yankton, SD (1883), credited to W.L. Dow, but claimed by Coxhead.

Background and




John Hopper Coxhead was born in Fort Lee, NJ in 1863, the youngest of the eleven children of Charles and Charlotte Coxhead, whod immigrated to the United States from London, England circa 1840.


Education and



Coxhead attended grammar school from 1871 to 1876 in New York City and high school from 1876 to 1879 in Englewood, NJ. He majored in architecture at the Cooper Union School of Design, leaving there in 1881. He attended Columbia for one year and then moved to Boston for a year working for Edward Dewson and VanBrunt & Howe. In 1883, Coxhead moved to South Dakota, working for Wallace L. Dow, who later became known as the most prolific South Dakota architect, although some of his major buildings may actually have been designed primarily by Coxhead.


For the next two years, Coxhead flitted around from South Dakota to New York, to Chicago, to Streater, IL, and back to Chicago, designing tenements, apartments, homes, and furniture.