Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820

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Birth 1764-05-01
Death 1820-09-03

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British-born American architect best known for his design of the United States Capitol and other public buildings in the United States. -- Joseph Donath was a Philadelphia merchant who is best remembered for supplying glass to Thomas Jefferson.

From the description of [Letter] 1805 Sep. 19, Ironhill, Del. [to] Jos. Donath & Co. / B. Henry Latrobe. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 245178736

British-born architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, most famous for designing the United States Capitol, is known as the "Father of American Architecture."

From the guide to the Opinion On A Project For Removing the Obstructions To A Ship Navigation To Georgetown, Col., 1812, (American Philosophical Society)

This letter by Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764-1820), architect and engineer, was written at a time when Latrobe's relationship with the Commonwealth of Virginia, and more specifically James Wood, Jr., Governor, and the state legislature was at its most unfavorable point. He moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in December 1798.

From the description of Letter : Richmond, Virginia, to Dr. Scandella, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1798 January 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122464711

Architect and engineer for a portion of the U.S. Capitol. Emigrated to Norfolk, Virginia in 1796.

From the description of Music book, 18th century. (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation). WorldCat record id: 24931855

American engineer and architect; designer of the restored U.S. Capitol after the War of 1812.

From the description of Letter : Baltimore, to Langdon Cheves, Philadelphia, 1820 Jan. 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 22579853

Benjamin Henry Latrobe was an architect and engineer. He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1799.

From the guide to the The papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the microtext edition /Edward C. Carter II, editor in chief; Thomas E. Jeffrey, microfiche editor., 1976, (American Philosophical Society)

Architect and engineer active in the United States, 1796-1820; native of Fulneck, England.

From the description of Letter : typescript, 1802 Apr. 17, Philadelphia, [Pa., to Trustees of South Carolina College]. (University of South Carolina). WorldCat record id: 31523226

Architect and engineer.

From the description of ALS : Washington, D.C., to Alexander James Dallas, 1816 Aug. 27. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122442843

From the description of ALS : Washington, D.C., to David Porter, 1816 Jan. 9. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122489382

From the description of Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 1803-1817. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71066603

Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764-1820), architect and engineer. Latrobe emigrated to Norfolk, Va., in 1796; married in 1800; and had six children, including Juliana (1804-1890) and Benjamin Henry (1806-1878). Latrobe is known for many famous projects, including the south wing of the United States Capitol and the rebuilding of the Capitol after the War of 1812, as well as the Baltimore Cathedral.

From the guide to the Benjamin Henry Latrobe Music Book, 18th century., (John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

Epithet: architect

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001298.0x000235

Benjamin Henry Latrobe was one of the foremost architects and engineers practicing in the United States in the Early National Period. Trained in England under Cockerell and Smeaton, he is credited with introducing European professional standards into American practice, hitherto dominated by talented amateurs and self-taught men. He executed the preliminary survey for the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Company in 1799 and was named its engineer in 1804. The canal was to join the Delaware River with Chesapeake Bay via the Christiana River and Elk Creek. Work was halted by the economic difficulties precipitated by the renewal of the Napoleonic Wars. It resumed in 1824 on a different route.

From the description of Preliminary survey for the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, 1799 [microform]. (Hagley Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122370769


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