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Calvert Vaux, an architect by training, had acquired his knowledge of landscape design from his former partner, Andrew Jackson Downing, the man who is rightly considered "the father of American landscape design."
In the 19th century, the Mall became a picturesque, tree-covered park reflecting the romantic, Victorian-era ideas of landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing.
Newburgh was also the home of Andrew Jackson Downing, the author of
The house was built in 1860 by a New Englander turned local senator, designed from the pattern book of Andrew Jackson Downing, a horticulturalist, landscaper and architect.
In the 1830's, the tastemakers of the day, including Andrew Jackson Downing, advocated three gradations of color for a room.
San Diego landscape historian Vonn Marie May said 19th-century residents were influenced by English gardening standards as laid out by Andrew Jackson Downing in his 1841 book, "A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, Adapted to North America."
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