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Age of Reason of American Architecture

Jefferson's influence on American Architecture.Created by: PICRYLDated: 1861
U.S. Custom House, Boston, Massachusetts, Traverse Section of Winning Design
Founding fathers wanted the United States to be a complete break from the past and English influences. Jefferson saw architecture as an artistic declaration that the United States was unique and not European. The inspirations for his architectural views were the classic civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. The “Age of Reason” architects were drawn to the symmetry, clean lines and mathematical preciseness of Greek and Roman buildings. Jefferson probably had the largest architectural library in the United States.
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[Second Floor Corridor. Printers' marks+Columns. Printer's mark of Conrad Baumgarten in West Corridor. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.]

[Second Floor Corridor. Printers' marks+Columns. Printer's mark of Con...

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of the Library of Congress Series in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive.

Chart of the Siege and Defense of Fort Erie

Chart of the Siege and Defense of Fort Erie

"Fortifications Map File" Plans of Military Forts

Map and Text Describing the Location of Fort Armstrong on Rock Island, Illinois

Map and Text Describing the Location of Fort Armstrong on Rock Island,...

"Fortifications Map File" Plans of Military Forts

Sketch of the Washington National Monument by Robert Mills

Sketch of the Washington National Monument by Robert Mills

Proposal Plans for a Washington Monument

U.S. Custom House, Boston, Massachusetts, Traverse Section of Winning Design

U.S. Custom House, Boston, Massachusetts, Traverse Section of Winning ...

The Boston Custom House, constructed 1837-1847, is among the earliest federal buildings erected outside the nation's capital. After Congress authorized a new custom house for the city of Boston, a local board o... More

[U.S. custom house, Boston, Massachusetts. Elevation]

[U.S. custom house, Boston, Massachusetts. Elevation]

Title devised by Library staff. Inscribed in pencil: "Boston Custom House" and "I. [sic] B. Young Archt." Blind stamp: Geo. W. Rapp, architect & sup., Cincinnati, Ohio. Stamp: B9. Gift ; American Institute of A... More

Drawing for the Proposed Black Rock Beacon, Connecticut

Drawing for the Proposed Black Rock Beacon, Connecticut

Lighthouse Plans for Black Rock Beacon, Connecticut

Photograph of the Capitol Building Under Construction in Washington, DC

Photograph of the Capitol Building Under Construction in Washington, D...

Photographs of Federal and Other Buildings in the United States

Foundation Screw Design for the Lighthouse at Atchafalaya Bay, Louisiana
Plan of Fort St. Philip, Louisiana

Plan of Fort St. Philip, Louisiana

This drawing includes a table showing construction of the garrison in time of war to sustain a siege and an estimation of the cost for construction. "Fortifications Map File" Plans of Military Forts

Design for Completing Fort Nelson, Virginia

Design for Completing Fort Nelson, Virginia

"Fortifications Map File" Plans of Military Forts

Robert Mills' Plan for the Smithsonian, Building and Grounds
Robert Mills' Plan for the National Mall
Plan of the City of Beaufort, S.C., as allotted by U.S. Tax Commissioners for the District of South Carolina, February 1863
Batteries for Entrenchment on south side and Batteries on north side, Conowingo Bridge, Susquehannah [sic] River; Md. [Panel of plans and sections.]

Batteries for Entrenchment on south side and Batteries on north side, ...

"Fortifications Map File" Plans of Military Forts

Batteries for Entrenchment at Harrisburg, Susquehanna Riv. South sie. [Panel of plans and sections.]

Batteries for Entrenchment at Harrisburg, Susquehanna Riv. South sie. ...

"Fortifications Map File" Plans of Military Forts

Freedmans Village near Arlington Hights, Va., July 10th, 1865. Genl. [ground] Plan No. 9.
[Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building. Second story showing third tier of alcoves]

[Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building. Second story showing ...

Competition drawing showing second story alcoves, clerks offices, and chart rooms as plan. Inscription: "Plan of second story showing third tier of alcoves" ; "Scale 1/16 in. = one foot" ; "Samuel Sloan, archit... More

Montgomery C. Meigs' Proposal for the Completion of the Washington Monument
Tiling Plan for the Lighthouse at Charleston, South Carolina

Tiling Plan for the Lighthouse at Charleston, South Carolina

Maps and Plans Relating to the Lighthouse at Charleston, South Carolina

Map of New Orleans

Map of New Orleans

Various Papers of the 15th Congress

Festival Hall, West stairway, and Statue of Thomas Jefferson,  St. Louis World's Fair
Buildings at Washington Arsenal [now Fort Leslie J. McNair], Washington, D.C. [Ground plan and views.]
Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville, Va.
Site Plan for the U.S. General Hospital at Point Lookout, Maryland
Saint Louis Gateway Arch (originally Jefferson National Expansion Memorial), Saint Louis, Missouri, 1947-65; dedicated, 1968. View with courthouse
Japanese cherry blossoms. Japanese cherry blossoms with Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument II
U.S. Capitol paintings. Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State painting in U.S. Capitol I
Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville, Va.
Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville, Va.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C. Detail II
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C. Dirigible over memorial
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C. Detail III
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C. View through columns to west
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C. View across walk and rail
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C. Morning view with Mr. Allen, closeup
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C. Sunset silhouette, horizontal
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C. West facade from across the basin with fisherman
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C. Oblique view to columns
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C. View through columns to Washington Monument
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C. Detail I, with Washington Monument
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C. View from walk across the basin with girl
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C. Statue from rear, to basin
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C. Exterior, including entrance
Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, near Charlottesville, Virginia. View from the porch, looking toward Charlottesville
Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, near Charlottesville, Virginia
Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, near Charlottesville, Virginia.  The main hall
Jefferson Memorial. Exterior of Jefferson Memorial from across Tidal Basin XIII
Jefferson Memorial. Exterior of Jefferson Memorial from across Tidal Basin I
Jefferson Memorial. Exterior of Jefferson Memorial from across Tidal Basin V
Jefferson Memorial. Exterior of Jefferson Memorial from across Tidal Basin XL
Jefferson Memorial. Exterior of Jefferson Memorial from across Tidal Basin LIV
Gerald R. Ford at a Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello, Home of Former President Thomas Jefferson

Gerald R. Ford at a Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello, Home of For...

Caption: 1976, July 5 – Monticello – Albemarle County, VA – Gerald R. Ford, Platform Guests – Gerald R. Ford at lectern, speaking; crowd in foreground – Trip to Virginia - Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello,... More

Hall in the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.
Wall detail in the Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Wall detail in the Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, Was...

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... More

Fireplace, Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.

Fireplace, Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, ...

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... More

Restoration specialist at work on art at the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.

Restoration specialist at work on art at the Library of Congress Thoma...

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Roman Goddess of War art on the walls of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Roman Goddess of War art on the walls of the U.S. Capitol, Washington,...

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... More

Doorways and artwork inside the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.

Doorways and artwork inside the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson B...

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[Second Floor, North Corridor. Mural depicting Wisdom by Robert Reid. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.]

[Second Floor, North Corridor. Mural depicting Wisdom by Robert Reid. ...

Photo shows the printer's mark for Charles Scribner's sons, above the mural. The quotation below the mural is from the Bible, Provrebs 4:7 "Wisdom is the principal thing; therfore get wisdom; and with all they ... More

U.S. Capitol dome, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Capitol dome, Washington, D.C.

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Ceiling of the Reading Room in the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.

Ceiling of the Reading Room in the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferso...

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U.S. Capitol dome, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

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Cherubs, U.S. Capitol art, Washington, D.C.

Cherubs, U.S. Capitol art, Washington, D.C.

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Allegorical mural with Venus at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Allegorical mural with Venus at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

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U.S. Treasury building, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Treasury building, Washington, D.C.

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Dome ceiling, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Dome ceiling, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

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Domes of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building and the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Domes of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building and the U.S...

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U.S. Capitol building, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Capitol building, Washington, D.C.

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[Second Floor, Northwest Pavilion. Curcular relief of Summer by Bela L. Pratt, Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.]
Columns on the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Columns on the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

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Constantino Brumidi art on U.S. Capitol wall, Washington, D.C.

Constantino Brumidi art on U.S. Capitol wall, Washington, D.C.

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Art on the walls of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Art on the walls of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

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Window and surrounding art in the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.

Window and surrounding art in the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson...

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Art on the walls of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Art on the walls of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... More

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello home, Charlottesville, Virginia

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello home, Charlottesville, Virginia

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Art on the walls of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.
National Statuary Hall Collection in the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

National Statuary Hall Collection in the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C...

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. The entire collection now consists of 100 statues contr... More

Art in the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.

Art in the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, ...

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Hallway, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Hallway, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

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[Detail of Civilization mural, Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.]

[Detail of Civilization mural, Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Bu...

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title devised by Library staff based on information pro... More

[Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin]

[Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin]

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords from similar image LC-DIG-hig... More

Art ("Neptunus") in the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.
Art on the walls of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Art on the walls of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... More

U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Photograph taken from the Thomas Jefferson Building, Li... More

Art ("Thetis") on the walls of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Art ("Thetis") on the walls of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

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Art of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.
Old Senate office, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Old Senate office, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

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Art in the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Art in the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... More

U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... More

U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... More

Dome of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.

Dome of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington,...

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... More

Study at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello home, Charlottesville, Virginia
Statuary Hall, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Statuary Hall, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

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Hall of Statues at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.
Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, Charlottesville, Virginia

Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, Charlottesville, Virginia

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Bust of George Washington in the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Bust of George Washington in the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

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Art from the walls of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Art from the walls of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

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Aerial view with a focus on the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Aerial view with a focus on the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... More

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