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Age of Reason of American Architecture

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

Various Papers of the 15th Congress

Chart of the Siege and Defense of Fort Erie

"Fortifications Map File" Plans of Military Forts

Bridge over the Schuylkill River flow near Philadelphia.

Bro öfver Skuylkill strommen nara Philadelphia.

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

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

Lighthouse Plans for Black Rock Beacon, Connecticut

Photograph of the Capitol Building Under Construction in Washington, DC

Photographs of Federal and Other Buildings in the United States

Foundation Screw Design for the Lighthouse at Atchafalaya Bay, Louisiana

Lighthouse Plans for Atchafalaya Bay, Louisiana

Design for Completing Fort Nelson, Virginia

"Fortifications Map File" Plans of Military Forts

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

[Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building. Second story showing third tier of alcoves]

Competition drawing showing second story alcoves, clerks offices, and chart rooms as plan.

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

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

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

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