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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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[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.

[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