Benjamin Henry LATROBE

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Architect & Designer

EnglishBorn Benjamin Henry LATROBE

British neoclassical architect best known for his design of the United States Capitol

Born on May 01, 1764 in Fulneck Moravian Settlement, West Riding Of Yorkshire, England , United Kingdom

Died on September 03, 1820 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Latrobe was born at the Fulneck Moravian Settlement, near Pudsey in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, to the Reverend Benjamin Latrobe, a leader of the Moravian Church who was of Huguenot ancestry, and Anna Margaretta Antes. Antes was born in the American colony of Pennsylvania, but was sent to England by her father, a wealthy landowner, to attend a Moravian school at Fulneck. Latrobe's father, who was responsible for all Moravian schools and establishments in Britain, had an extensive circle of friends in the higher ranks of society. He stressed the importance of education, scholarship, and the value of social exchange, while Latrobe's mother instilled in him a curiosity and interest in America. From a young age, Latrobe enjoyed drawing landscapes and buildings. He was a brother of the Moravian leader and musical composer, Christian Ignatius Latrobe.



In 1776, at the age of 12, Latrobe was sent away to a Moravian School at Niesky in Upper Lusatia, near the border of Saxony and Prussia, where his brother was already studying. At age 18, he spent several months traveling around Germany, and then joined the Prussian army, becoming close friends with a distinguished officer in the army of the United States. Latrobe may have served in the Austrian army, and suffered some injuries or illness. After recovering, he embarked on a continental Grand Tour, visiting eastern Saxony, Paris, Italy, and other places. Through his education and travels, Latrobe mastered German, French, Greek, and Latin, had advanced ability in Italian and Spanish, and knowledge of Hebrew.

...   Latrobe was born at the Fulneck Moravian Settlement, near Pudsey in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, to the Reverend Benjamin Latrobe, a leader of the Moravian Church who was of Huguenot ancestry, and Anna Margaretta Antes. Antes was born in the American colony of Pennsylvania, but was sent to England by her father, a wealthy landowner, to attend a Moravian school at Fulneck. Latrobe's father, who was responsible for all Moravian schools and establishments in Britain, had an extensive circle of friends in the higher ranks of society. He stressed the importance of education, scholarship, and the value of social exchange, while Latrobe's mother instilled in him a curiosity and interest in America. From a young age, Latrobe enjoyed drawing landscapes and buildings. He was a brother of the Moravian leader and musical composer, Christian Ignatius Latrobe.



In 1776, at the age of 12, Latrobe was sent away to a Moravian School at Niesky in Upper Lusatia, near the border of Saxony and Prussia, where his brother was already studying. At age 18, he spent several months traveling around Germany, and then joined the Prussian army, becoming close friends with a distinguished officer in the army of the United States. Latrobe may have served in the Austrian army, and suffered some injuries or illness. After recovering, he embarked on a continental Grand Tour, visiting eastern Saxony, Paris, Italy, and other places. Through his education and travels, Latrobe mastered German, French, Greek, and Latin, had advanced ability in Italian and Spanish, and knowledge of Hebrew.



His son, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, II, worked as a civil engineer for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and was the designer of the Thomas Viaduct.



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