Landscape architect, architect, town planner.
Charles Downing Lay attended the School of Architecture at Columbia
University from 1896 to 1900 and received a S.B. in Landscape Architecture from
Harvard University's School of Landscape Architecture in 1902. From 1902 to
1948 he maintained a landscape architecture practice in New York City. He
served as editor and publisher of
Landscape Architecture with H. V. Hubbard and Robert
Wheelwright. His projects included town planning for Albany, N.Y. and for the
United States Housing Corporation in Erie and Butler, Pa.; parks in New York
City, Troy, Albany, Schenectady, and Brooklyn, N.Y., Washington, D.C., and
Stratford, Conn.; school grounds in New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut;
subdivisions in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New
Jersey; and housing in New York City. He also was consulting architect to the
1939 New York World's Fair and worked on conservation efforts in the Housatonic
River valley, founding the Housatonic Valley Planning Association in 1948.