The Domestic Architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe

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JHU Press, Jun 19, 2006 - Art - 769 pages
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This deeply researched and abundantly illustrated study catalogs all of Latrobe's domestic commissions, offering an authoritative treatment of the concepts, designs, and unique interior and exterior features of his houses.

Benjamin Henry Latrobe, an English émigré and the first professional architect of international stature to practice in the United States, invented an American house type for the new democratic republic. Calling upon his diverse education and travel experiences in Europe and his training with eminent architects and engineers in London, Latrobe responded to American manners and climate by producing what he called his "rational house," an application of Enlightenment thinking to the design of a proper living environment for the citizens of the world's most recent democracy.

Establishing a new benchmark in Latrobe studies, Michael W. Fazio and Patrick A. Snadon extend their analysis to Latrobe's training and career in England and Europe, his principles of design, and his methods of architectural practice. The authors trace the evolution of his design thinking through analytical essays on all of his major domestic commissions and conclude with a summary discussion of his position within the international architectural scene, his design theories, the integration of interior design and engineering into his architectural practice, and the preservation of his houses.

 

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Contents

Chapter
27
A Suburban Villa a Folly and Three Country Houses
267
Some Perspectives on an Architects Career
515
Notes
738
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About the author (2006)

Michael W. Fazio is a professor at the School of Architecture, Mississippi State University. Patrick A. Snadon is a professor of interior design at the School of Architecture and Interior Design, University of Cincinnati.

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