Peter Van Ness's house was in a state of neglect when Van Buren purchased it in 1839. Although Van Buren began improvements immediately, it was not until his son hired the prominent architect Richard Upjohn in 1849 that the house took on its present appearance.
1. Why might the house have needed improvements when Van Buren purchased it in 1839?
2. Compare the appearance of the house in Drawing 2 and Photo 1 to that in Drawing 1. What major changes were made to Lindenwald between 1797 and 1862?
3. Why might Van Buren's son have chosen to alter the appearance of the house so dramatically? What do his and his father's improvements indicate about the family's financial status?
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