Calvin Pollard

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Calvin Pollard (June 14, 1797 - 1850) was a prominent New York City architect. He is known for his early design of the Brooklyn Borough Hall, the Petersburg courthouse, and numerous other schools and houses in the New York City area.

Life and career[edit]

Pollard was born in New Braintree, Massachusetts, the child of John Pollard and Kezia Heyward.[1] His family moved to Cazenovia, New York in 1803 before moving to New York City in 1818.[2]

Pollard designed the St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Rectory at Ossining, New York in 1834, now Calvary Baptist Church.[3] In that same year, he won the contest to design the City Hall for Brooklyn. Construction began in 1836, but only the foundation had been laid when funds ran out. Nine years later, Gamaliel Kings revised Pollard’s plans and construction resumed, finally completing in 1848.[4]

In 1836, Pollard built the Brandreth Pill Factory in Ossining, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[5] The Petersburg Courthouse in Petersburg, Virginia built between 1838 and 1840 is a Classical revival courthouse. It was part of the Siege of Petersburg during the Civil War.[6] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[5]



  1. ^ Weiskotten, Daniel H. "The Pollard Family of New Woodstock From New Woodstock and Vicinity, Past and Present, 1901". August 10, 2002. Rootsweb. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
  2. ^ Markham, Sandra. "Guide to the Calvin Pollard Architectural Drawing Collection 1834-1852, undated". 2003. New York Historical Society. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
  3. ^ Austin N. O'Brien (October 1978). "National Register of Historic Places Registration:St. Paul's Episcopal Church". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-12-24.
  4. ^ "Brooklyn Borough Hall". Department of Citywide Administrative Services, New York City. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
  5. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  6. ^ "Petersburg Courthouse". Retrieved 19 December 2010.

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