Person:Benjamin Latrobe (1)

Benjamin Henry Boneval Latrobe
  • F.  Benjamin Latrobe (add)
  • M.  Anna Antes (add)
m. bef 1764
  1. Benjamin Henry Boneval Latrobe1764 - 1820
m. aft 1791
  1. John Hazelhurst Boneval Latrobe1803 - 1891
  • HBenjamin Henry Boneval Latrobe1764 - 1820
  • WLydia Sellon1760 - 1793
m. bef 1793
  1. Lydia Sellon Latrobe1791 - 1878
  2. Henry Sellon Boneval Latrobe1792 - 1817
Facts and Events
Name[1] Benjamin Henry Boneval Latrobe
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1 May 1764 Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, EnglandFulneck Moravian Settlement
Marriage aft 1791 (his 2nd wife)
to Mary Elizabeth Hazlehurst
Marriage bef 1793 to Lydia Sellon
Death[1] 3 Sep 1820 New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisianadied of yellow fever
Other[2] Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, United Statesdesigned Pope Villa
Burial[1] St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisianareinterred ; originally buried in a common lye pit with other victims of the epidemic

Research Notes

  • city of Latrobe, Pennsylvania was named after him


the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Benjamin Henry Boneval Latrobe (May 1, 1764 – September 3, 1820) was a British neoclassical subject and trained architect there in England who emigrated to the new United States and is best known for his design of the United States Capitol, on "Capitol Hill" in Washington, D.C., along with his additional later work on the Old Baltimore Cathedral/The Baltimore Basilica, (later renamed the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary). The first Roman Catholic Cathedral constructed in the United States, was built on "Cathedral Hill" along Cathedral Street, between West Franklin and West Mulberry Streets in the future Mount Vernon-Belvedere neighborhood, then known as "Howard's Woods", a part of the country estate of "Belvidere" of American Revolutionary War hero and commander of the famed "Maryland Line" regiments of the Continental Army, Col. John Eager Howard, (1752-1827), who owned and donated much of the land north of Baltimore Town. The new Catholic Cathedral site was north of and overlooking the city's downtown business district and the "harbor basin" of the Patapsco River. In addition, Latrobe also designed the largest structure in America at the time, the "Merchants' Exchange", an H-shaped, three-story structure between East Lombard, South Gay, German (now Redwood), Second, and Water Streets which contained offices and wings for the Federal government - (U.S. Custom House, District Court, and Post Office), numerous maritime businesses, shippers and law firms, along with some city government offices (before the 1830 purchase of a City Hall building in the old Peale Museum on Holliday Street), and miscellaneous meeting and classrooms. With extensive balconied atriums through the wings and a large central rotunda under a low dome which dominated the city and was completed in 1820 after five years of work following the War of 1812 and endured into the early 20th Century, when it was replaced by the current U.S. Custom House, completed 1904-1905. Latrobe was one of the first formally trained, professional architects in the new United States, drawing influences from his travels in Italy, as well as British and French Neoclassical architects such as Claude Nicolas Ledoux.

Latrobe emigrated to the newly-independent United States in 1796, initially settling in Virginia where he worked on the Virginia State Penitentiary in Richmond. Latrobe then moved to Philadelphia where he established his practice. In 1803, he was hired as Surveyor of the Public Buildings of the United States, and spent much of the next 14 years working on projects in the new national capital of Washington, D.C., (in the newly-laid out Federal capital of the District of Columbia) where he served as the second Architect of the Capitol. Latrobe spent the later years of his life in New Orleans, Louisiana working on a waterworks project, and died there in 1820 from yellow fever, the mosquito-spread viral disease, which then still afflicted America and its eastern cities with epidemics as far north as Philadelphia until the mid-19th Century.

Latrobe has been called the "Father of American Architecture".

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Grave Recorded, in Find A Grave.

    [Includes photos. States his remains were simply picked up from his hotel by the "dead wagon" and taken to a common lye pit for burial. He was (apparently) reinterred, however as a memorial plaque erected by descendants in 1904 states his remains are interred in that cemetery along with those of his son who also died in the yellow fever epidemic.]

  2. Historical Marker, in Kentucky Historical Society. Historical Marker Database [1], Secondary quality.

    Pope Villa
    Marker Number 2174
    County Fayette
    Location 326 Grosvenor Ave., Lexington
    Description Built for Senator John and Eliza Pope. Designed by B.H. Latrobe (1764-1820), father of American architectural profession and designer to Thomas Jefferson. The Pope Villa has hidden first-story services, with rotunda and major rooms on second story. Latrobe’s most innovative surviving house. Restoration after a fire in 1987.