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Born: 1810, Died: 6/1849

Born in Baltimore, MD, the son of the eminent local architect Robert Cary Long, Sr., Robert Cary Long, Jr., attended St. Mary's College and then journeyed to Europe briefly in 1826. After his return he apprenticed in New York with Ithiel Town and Martin Euclid Thompson. In 1836 Long returned to Baltimore after his father's death and succeeded him in the architectural practice. Soon after his return he gained an important commission with the Patapsco Female Institute in Ellicott City, MD. This would set the pace for his many public designs over the succeeding 12 years of his practice in Baltimore. According to The Architecture of Baltimore: An Illustrated History, Cary possessed the talent to draw from many sources (including Pugin for his church designs) without being a slave to any. He could modify his sources to create a fresh design of his own. This versatility gained him great success in Baltimore, but Long nevertheless left in 1848 to return to New York, where he would establish an office on Wall Street. His success there, marked by work as the architecture critic for Literary World, as well as public presentations at the New York Historical Society, would be short-lived, however. Long died in 1849 while at work on a church in Morristown, NJ.

Robert Cary Long, Jr., also maintained ties with Philadelphia. In the 1840s he published an article in the Journal of the Franklin Institute "On the Alleged Degeneracy of Modern Architecture."

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

School Affiliations

  • St. Mary's College


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