A Guide to the Edward T. Potter Architectural Drawings
Finding aid prepared by John R. Nemmers
University of Florida Smathers Libraries Special and Area Studies Collections
Potter, Edward Tuckerman, 1831-1904.
Edward T. Potter Architectural Drawings
Circa Early 1870s
Water color and pen and ink drawings of Potter's design for St. John's
Church, Jacksonville, Florida.
Ms Group 186
Items from this collection have been digitized and are available online
in the UF Digital Collections. Links are provided within this guide. For
more information please see the note below.
Edward Tuckerman Potter was born on September 25, 1831 in Schenectady, New York,
the son of Bishop Alonzo Potter. He began his college education in Philadelphia and, in
1851, transferred to Union College in Schenectady, where his father taught as a professor.
After his graduation in 1853, he studied architecture under Richard Upjohn, one of the
foremost church architects in the United States at the time. He worked for Upjohn from
1854 to 1856, when he opened his own practice in Schenectady.
An ecclesiastical specialist, Potter designed churches, particularly Episcopalian churches,
in New York, New England, Florida, and other regions of the country. Among his
important churches were the First Dutch Reformed Church in Schenectady, the Harvard
Street Congregational Church in Boston, the Church of the Good Shepherd in Hartford,
and St. John's Church in Yonkers, New York. Other well-known projects include the
Union College's Nott Memorial (Graduates' Hall) in Schenectady, the Colt Parish House in
Hartford, and Mark Twain's residence in Hartford. Potter retired in 1877, but resumed
work in order to design the Colt Parish House.
In the early 1870s, Potter designed St. John's Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, Florida.
This church was dedicated in 1877 and later burned in Jacksonville's Great Fire of 1901. In
1902 the Vestry of St. John's approved the design drawings for a new church building
submitted by the firm Snelling and Potter. The cornerstone for the present Gothic Revival
church, St. John's Cathedral, was laid in 1903 and the church was completed in 1906.
Potter died on October 24, 1904.
Sources: George, Carl, and Robert Uzzo, "Decoding the Nott Memorial," Union College
Magazine, Winter 1999: Volume 91, Number 3. Henry F. and Elsie Rathburn Withey,
Biographical Dictionary ofAmerican Architects (Deceased) (Los Angeles: Hennessey and
Ingalls, Inc. 1970). Landau, Sarah Bradford. Edward T. and William A. Potter: American
Victorian Architects (New York: Garland, 1979). Wodehouse, Lawrence. "Edward
Tuckerman Potter" in American National Biography, v. 17, pp. 744-745 (New York:
Oxford University Press, 1999).
Scope and Content
Water color and pen and ink drawings of E.T. Potter's design for St. John's Episcopal
Church, Jacksonville, Florida (Circa early 1870s). The fifteen drawings include front, side,
and rear elevations; foundation and roof plans; transverse and longitudinal sections; and
details of the principle doorway, the porch, windows for the gables, the chimney top and
finial, and furniture such as the pews and altar. Each drawing is numbered and labeled.
Access or Use Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
Alternate Form of Material
Digital reproductions of items in the Potter collection are available online via the
University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use
statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.
[Identification of item], Edward T. Potter Architectural Drawings, Special and Area
Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville,
Folder 1 1. Plan of Foundation View Item
2. Ground Plan View Item
3. Front Elevation View Item
4. Side Elevation View Item
5. Rear Elevation View Item
5A. Roof Plan View Item
6. Transverse Section View Item
7. Longitudinal Section View Item
8. Part of Transverse/Longitudinal Sections View Item
9. Principal Doorway View Item
10. Details of Porch View Item
11. Upper Group of Windows in Gables View Item
12. Windows in Gables (Aisles) View Item
13. Chimney Top and Finial View Item
14. Designs for Furniture View Item
Selected Subjects and Access Points
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
Library's online catalog:
St. John's Church (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Church architecture -- Designs and plans.
Church architecture -- Florida.
Jacksonville (Fla.) -- Churches.
For further information, please contact: Special Collections Access Services.