Benjamin Henry Latrobe : United States Capitol

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Benjamin Henry Latrobe: United States Capitol

The United States of America was founded upon the motto E Pluribus Unum “out of many one”. Out of the 196 countries found in the world, the United States of America sticks out as the pinnacle. The United States is the most powerful country in the world and the most important building that resides in it is the United States Capitol. A number of architects were assigned with the task to design and oversee the building of the United States Capitol, but Benjamin Henry Latrobe played the most influential role in creating the building we know and love today. The United States Capitol is one of the most architecturally and fundamentally important buildings in the world because in it resides the power to create laws, determine taxes, regulate trade, establish internal improvements and if necessary the ability to declare war. Out of the eleven architects that were assigned the duty to design the United States Capitol, Benjamin Henry Latrobe had the most lasting and important influence. He is commonly known as the "father of American architecture" for an obvious reason. Benjamin Henry Boneval Latrobe was born on May 1, 1764 in a town located in West Yorkshire, England called Leeds. He was born into a wealthy family. His mother was born in Pennsylvania and took care of the domestic chores of the home. Latrobe 's father was a schoolmaster and bishop, he was in charge of all the Moravian schools and churches in Great Britain. He knew from…
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