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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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Map of New Orleans

Map of New Orleans

Various Papers of the 15th Congress

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. 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

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

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
Design for Completing Fort Nelson, Virginia

Design for Completing Fort Nelson, Virginia

"Fortifications Map File" Plans of Military Forts

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

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

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

[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

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

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

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

House Chamber doorway, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

House Chamber doorway, 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

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

Art from 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. Treasury building, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Treasury building, 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

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...

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

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

Art 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

Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, Charlottesville, Virginia

Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, Charlottesville, Virginia

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

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

Cherubs, U.S. Capitol art, 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

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

Rotunda ceiling, 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

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

Art in 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

Great Hall, second floor, north. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.

Great Hall, second floor, north. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson ...

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Art at 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

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

Dome, 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

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

Bust of George Washington 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

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

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...

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

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

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello home, Charlottesville, Virginia

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello home, Charlottesville, Virginia

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

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

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...

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

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

Allegorical mural with Venus at 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

Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, Charlottesville, Virginia

Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, Charlottesville, Virginia

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

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

Columns 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

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

U.S. Capitol building, 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

[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

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

Rudulph Evans's statue of Thomas Jefferson was mounted in the Jefferson Memorial in 1947, four years after the memorial opened, Washington, D.C.

Rudulph Evans's statue of Thomas Jefferson was mounted in the Jefferso...

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

Ceiling detail, Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.

Ceiling detail, Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washing...

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

Aerial view from above the U.S. Capitol, looking west along the National Mall, Washington, D.C.

Aerial view from above the U.S. Capitol, looking west along the Nation...

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

[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

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

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

Art 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. Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer.... more

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

Hallway, 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