The successful architect John Riddell is best remembered for his Architectural Designs for Model Country Residences... (Philadelphia, 1861 with later editions 1864 and 1867), a book written to encourage prospective clients that--ironically--remains his chief monument. Illustrated with twenty lithographs in full color, Architectural Designs is one of the handsomest American books of architecture published in the nineteenth century. Most of the designs are in the Italianate style, all "are drawn to a large scale of one quarter of an inch to a foot, and colored in suitable tints, which adds much to the appearance of the rural residence." Riddell appears in Philadelphia directories in 1845 and for his entire career he maintained an office on South Third street.
Roger W. Moss.
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