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Building America

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Nonfiction: History, Biography
Unabridged   8 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/28/2020

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Building America

The Life of Benjamin Henry Latrobe

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Digital Download ISBN:9781684579693

Summary

Building America masterfully narrates the life and legacy of a key figure in creating an American aesthetic in the new United States.

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An English émigré who became America's first professional architect, Benjamin Henry Latrobe put his stamp on the built landscape of the new republic. Latrobe contributed to such iconic structures as the south wing of the US Capitol building, the White House, and the Navy Yard. He created some of the early republic's greatest neoclassical interiors, including the Statuary Hall.

As a young man, Latrobe was apprenticed to both a leading architect and civil engineer in London, studied the European continent's architectural and engineering monuments, worked on canals, and designed private houses. After the death of his first wife, he was bankrupt and emigrated to the United States in 1796 to restart his career. For the new nation with grand political expectations, he intended buildings and engineering projects to match those aspirations. Like his patron Thomas Jefferson, Latrobe saw his neoclassical designs as a way to convey American democracy. He envisioned his engineering projects as a way to unite the nation and improve public health.

Building America masterfully narrates the life and legacy of a key figure in creating an American aesthetic in the new United States.

Reviews/Praise

"Architecture, it has been said, is first shaped by human beings, and then shapes those human beings. In this lucid and important book, Jean H. Baker tells the engaging story of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the man whose buildings and designs have left an indelible and enduring mark on the American nation."-Jon Meacham, author of The Soul of America

Author Bio

Jean H. Baker is Bennett-Harwood Professor of History Emerita at Goucher College. An eminent political historian and biographer, she is the author of Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion, Sisters: The Lives of America's Suffragists, James Buchanan, and Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography, among other titles.