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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
1836
1836
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2010
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[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

[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.

[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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[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

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

Gallery of the Great Hall of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.

Gallery of the Great Hall of 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

[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

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

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

U.S. Capitol dome, 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

Members Room, Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.

Members Room, Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washingto...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Statuary Hall, 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

Constantino Brumidi art detail on the U.S. Capitol walls, Washington, D.C.

Constantino Brumidi art detail on the U.S. Capitol walls, 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. 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

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

Old Senate office, 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

Grand staircase heading from the Great Hall of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.

Grand staircase heading from the Great Hall of the Library of Congress...

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...

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