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The Domestic Architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe

, 816 pages

349 halftones, 241 line drawings

June 2006


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The Domestic Architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe

Winner of the Publications Award given by the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and an Honorable Mention in the Architecture and Urban Planning category of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Awards given by the Association of American Publishers
Winner, 2008 Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award, Society of Architectural Historians

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.

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.

"An extremely interesting book, full of new discoveries, and characterized by both solid research and imaginative interpretations."

"Nothing is spared in the way of breadth and depth of scholarship, nor in the way of production quality."

"A comprehensive 'must' for any serious college-level architectural history holding."

"A valuable resource for architects, designers, and homeowners alike."

"Nothing is spared in the way of breadth and depth of scholarship, nor in the way of production quality—for a definitive study of this important, but generally overlooked, American architect."

"Handsomely produced and admirably researched."

"Because of its exhaustive analysis... Fazio and Snadon's volume will serve as a standard reference in Latrobe historiography."

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