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Building America: The Life of Benjamin Henry Latrobe

Jean H. Baker


Building America: The Life of Benjamin Henry Latrobe is a biography of America’s first professionally trained architect and engineer. Born in 1764, Latrobe was raised in Moravian communities in England and Germany. His parents expected him to follow his father and brother into the ministry, but he rebelled against the church. Moved to London, he studied architecture and engineering. In 1795 he emigrated to the United States and became part of the period’s Transatlantic Exchange. Latrobe soon was famous for his neoclassical architecture, designing important buildings, including the US Capitol a ... More

Keywords: Moravian, Transatlantic Exchange, neoclassical architecture and civic engineering as professions, US Capitol, municipal water supply, yellow fever, steam engines, family life in the early Republic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190696450
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190696450.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean H. Baker, author
Professor of History Emerita, Goucher College

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