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Architectural drawings for the United States Capitol, Washington, D.C., 1803-1814
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Related Names: Bridport, George, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462
Extent: 37 items : ink, watercolor, wash, and graphite ; in folder(s) 89 x 123 cm. or smaller.
Note: Campaign 1.
Note: One drawing includes a sketch of Long Branch, Robert Carter Burwell's residence, Clarke County, Virginia.
Note: One drawing attributed to George Bridport by J.H.B. Latrobe.
Note: Reference copies available for some UNIT items in LOT 4249 (R).
Summary: Includes preliminary, working, and presentation drawings showing street layout, yard and garden, Capitol, Supreme Court chamber, Senate chambers, Senate chamber lobby, House of Representatives chambers, Hall of Representatives (before and after fire), president's chair, south and north wings, Library of Congress chamber, domes, gallery stairs, colonnade, propylaea, sculpture, and allegorical figures as site plans, plans, elevations, sections, details, reflected ceiling plans, and perspective projections; sketches and renderings; structural and HVAC drawings; interior design drawings; topographic maps; record drawings; landscape architecture drawings.
Topographical site plan with street layout and lot numbers, between 1803 and 1814
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462, no. 1 (C size)
Extent: 1 drawing : graphite, ink, watercolor, and wash on paper.
Note: Inscription on verso obscured by lining.
Note: Notations include computations.
Note: Mounted on paper on linen.
Ground story - stairs, Supreme Court, vestibule, 1806
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462, no. 2 (D size)
Extent: 1 drawing : graphite, ink, and watercolor on paper.
Note: Inscriptions on recto: "Courtroom of the Supreme Ct." -- "Benjm. Henry Latrobe Surveyor of the Pblic Bldgs U States 1806." "Principal stairs" -- "Ground Story of the Capitol U.S."
Plan of principal story and chambers, between 1808 and 1809
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462, no. 3 (Cabinet B)
Extent: 1 drawing on paper : graphite, ink, and watercolor ; 49.5 x 75.5 cm.
Note: Inscribed in ink on recto: "PLAN OF THE PRINCIPAL STORY OF THE CAPITOL. U.S." -- Hall of the people, Vestibule of the H. of R., House of Representatives, Speaker's closet, Lobby (twice), Gallery West, Doorkeeper's Offc., Court, Watercloset, Com'e. of Ways & Means, Comm'e. Room, (on the Senate side) Lobby, Vestibule of the Senate, Senate Chamber, Court, Records, Common Lobby, Library, Reading room, Secy. of the Senate Office, Com'e. room (twice), Doorkeeper's Offc., Water Closet, (on the west side) West portico, Com'e room (three times), Corridor, Com'e. of the D't. of Col'a., Com'e. of Conference of both Houses.
Summary: Plan of the Capitol showing disposition and sequence of spaces, including rotunda, House and Senate chambers, and library.
Elevation of west front with propylaea, 1811 February 4
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462, no. 4 (D size)
Extent: 1 drawing : ink and watercolor on paper ; 49 x 75 cm.
Note: Inscription on recto: West elevation of the Capitol US. Washington.
Note: Inscription on verso: "3."
South elevation with propylaea, 1810
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462, no. 5 (D size)
Extent: 1 drawing : watercolor, wash, and ink on paper ; 48.8 x 75.8 cm.
Note: Inscriptions on recto: "South Elevation Capitol. U.S. Washington" -- "BHLatrobe 1810-11."
West front, partial elevation and section, between 1803 and 1814
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462, no. 6 (D size)
Extent: 1 drawing : graphite, ink, and watercolor on paper.
Note: Inscription on recto: "Study for a west front."
Note: Verso obscured by lining.
Note: Mounted on paper on linen.
Architectural sculpture, allegorical figure, between 1803 and 1814
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462, no. 7 (D size)
Extent: 1 drawing : graphite, wash, watercolor, and ink on paper.
West approach with propylaea, plan & elevation, 1811 April 10
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462, no. 8 (B size)
Extent: 1 drawing : ink, graphite, watercolor, and wash on paper.
Note: Inscriptions on recto: "Sketch of the [...] West approach of the Capitol U.S. Washington April 10.h 1811 BHLatrobe" -- "Yard & Garden" -- "Descent in 3 Landings."
Note: Verso obscured by lining.
Note: Mounted on paper.
Ground floor plan - south wing, 1804 March
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462, no. 9 (B size)
Extent: 1 drawing : ink, watercolor, and graphite on paper.
Note: Inscriptions on recto: "For J. Lenthall, Clk Wks." -- "Plan of the Ground floor of the South Wing of the Capitol BHLatrobe Archt. March 1804" -- "This drawing is not accurate as to the Scale. The figures however are correct. Scale 1/8 inch two foot." -- "The Scarlet color denotes the Walls as now standing[,] The Lake the new design."
Cellar story, south wing, 1803
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462, no. 10 (C size)
Extent: 1 drawing : graphite, ink, and watercolor on paper.
Note: Inscriptions on recto: "For Wm Lenthall, Clerk of the Works." -- "Plan of the Cellar Story of the South Wing of the Capitol at Washington. BHenry Latrobe Surveyor of the public buildings April 1803." -- "The 3 stories of the South Wing as built after original [...], of the Thornton plan were removed, foundations & all" -- "These dimenxions [sic] are not exactly as expected 121 feet 6 inches." -- "By an egregious blunder in the erection of the North Wing, the Center of the West front does not coincide with that of the East. This error being necessairly transplanted into the South wing for the Sake of Symmetry [...], it follows that the Center line, beginning in the Center of the East front which is correctly built cannot pass through the building. It must end at [...] to which point it runs parallel to the south front & regulates all the Walls. The center line towards from thence must be drawn square with the West front, & regulate the Walls westward. The error is 8 and 3/4 inches."
Plan, principal story of south wing, between 1803 and 1814
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462, no. 11 (C size)
Extent: 1 drawing : ink, watercolor, wash, and graphite on paper.
Note: Notations include computations.
Note: Mounted on paper on linen.
Plans & sections, NW corner of south wing, 1808 December 18
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462, no. 12 (D size)
Extent: 1 drawing : ink, watercolor, graphite, and wash on paper.
Note: Inscriptions on recto: "Study for the Capitol NW corner of the South Wing of the Capitol, begun Decr 18, 1808--BHLatrobe Surv pblic Bldgs U.S." -- "45"
Note: Mounted on paper on linen.
Perspective from the northeast, 1806
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462, no. 13 (D size) (Cabinet B)
Extent: 1 drawing on paper : watercolor, ink, and wash ; 49 x 59 cm.
Note: Inscription on recto: "TO THOMAS JEFFERSON Pres. U.S., B.H. LATROBE, 1806."
Summary: Presentation drawing by Latrobe, showing the Capitol's east facade, with minor variations both from the design as it was then accepted and from the design as built.
Section of south wing, between 1803 and 1814
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462, no. 14 (C size)
Extent: 1 drawing : watercolor, ink, wash, and graphite on paper.
Note: Inscriptions on recto: "This section, is a sure answer to the question of the President as to the propriety of a Doric colonnade." -- "Sketch of a Section of the South Wing of the Capitol of the United States at Washington, of the Doric Order, Roman style. For the consideration of the President.-- U.S. BHenry Latrobe, Archt.[,] Surveyor of the P.Bldgs U.S." -- "[...] of the Basement Story looking West" -- "No 4."
Furnace & heating - House of Representatives plan, elevation, detail, 1807 August
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462, no. 15 (D size)
Extent: 1 drawing : watercolor, ink, graphite, and wash on paper.
Note: Inscriptions on recto: "Wm. Lenthall Clerk of the Wks." -- "Details of the Hall of Representatives. Manner of constructing the flues for heating the Hall of representatives." -- "BHenry Latrobe Surv. of pblc Bldgs UStates [,] Augt. 1807." -- "Section E&W. thro' the furnace" -- "Plan of the N.W. Angle. The N.E. similar to the N.W." -- "Section N&S. thro' the furnace."
Note: Mounted on paper.
Wall covering design, Hall of Representatives, 1808 February 18
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462, no. 16 (C size)
Extent: 1 drawing : watercolor, ink, wash, and graphite on paper.
Note: Inscriptions on recto: "Design for the covering of the Lobbies of the Hall of Representatives. South Wing of the Capitol[,] Scale 1/4 of an inch to the foot.BHenry Latrobe[,] Surveyor of the public Buildings USt.[,] Febr. 18th 1808." -- "Wm. J. Lenthall, Clerk of Works." -- "2 Elevation of the door from the Entrance." -- "3. Section & elevation next to the Hall."
Note: Mounted on paper on linen.
Plan & section, gallery stairs, House of Representatives, south wing, 1805 February 28
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462, no. 17 (C size)
Extent: 1 drawing : wash and ink on paper.
Note: Inscriptions on recto: "The step that crosses the Window must be 8 inches broader at the wide end than the others, so as to rest on the Jaumbs of the Windows." -- "Plan and Section of the Stairs of the Gallery of the Hall of Representatives South wing of the Capitol." -- "For Wm. Lenthall, Clk Wks[,] Febr. 28. 1805.[,] BHenry Latrobe, Surveyor of the public Bldgs[,] U.States."
Section of south wing, looking south, between 1803 and 1814
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462, no. 18 (C size)
Extent: 1 drawing : watercolor, ink, wash, and graphite on paper.
Note: On verso: floor plan, sketch in graphite.
Note: Notations include computations.
Elevation, colonnade, after burning of Capitol, 1814
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462, no. 19 (C size)
Extent: 1 drawing : watercolor, wash, and graphite on paper.
Note: Inscriptions on recto: "House of Representatives after the Burning of the Capitol by the British in 1814" - "11."
Note: Mounted on paper on linen.
Framing & ceiling plan - Hall of Representatives, 1805 November 28
Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820, architect
Call No.: ADE - UNIT 2462, no. 20 (D size)
Extent: 1 drawing : ink, watercolor, and wash on paper.
Note: Inscriptions on recto: "[...] Plan of the Framing of the Roof of the Hall of Rep. Washn." --"Cieling [sic] of the Hall of Representatives, Capitol Washington BHLatrobe, Surv. PB." -- "Novr. 28th United States Washn. 1805"
Note: Notations include computations.
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