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Benjamin Henry Boneval Latrobe

Birthplace: Fulneck Moravian Settlement, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Death: September 03, 1820 (56)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States (Yellow Fever)
Place of Burial: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Benjamin Bonneval LaTrobe and Anna Margaretta LaTrobe
Husband of Lydia Latrobe and Mary Elisabet Latrobe
Father of Lydia Maria Roosevelt; Henry Sellon Latrobe; NN Latrobe; Lydia Sellon; Juliana Latrobe and 5 others
Brother of Christian Ignatius LaTrobe; Anna Louisa Eleanora Foster; Justina Elizabeth La Trobe; John Friedrich LaTrobe and Mary Agnes Bateman

Occupation: Architect, Schriftist, The Baltimore Basilica was constructed (1806–1821) was the first Roman Catholic cathedral built in the United States.
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About Benjamin Henry Latrobe

Benjamin Henry Boneval Latrobe

British-born American neoclassical architect best known for his design of the United States Capitol, along with his work on the Baltimore Basilica, the first Roman Catholic Cathedral in the United States. Latrobe was one of the first formally-trained, professional architects in the 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 United States in 1796, initially settling in Virginia where he worked on the State Penitentiary in Richmond. Latrobe then relocated 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 fourteen years working on projects in Washington, D.C. Latrobe spent the later years of his life in New Orleans, working on a waterworks project, and died there in 1820 from yellow fever. He has been called the "Father of American Architecture".

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Benjamin Henry Latrobe's Timeline

May 1, 1764
Fulneck Moravian Settlement, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
July 19, 1792
London, England
June 29, 1801
May 4, 1803
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
July 17, 1804
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
November 5, 1805
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA