For much of the eighteenth century, Americans living in the British colonies sought to display their “Britishness” through architecture. Neoclassicism and an adherence to the “Georgian” style served as physical and visual proof of their British heritage. With the American Revolution, however, the ties between England and the colonies severed. Cities once designed to exalt and honor the monarchy became stages for protest and backlash. Soon, a new architectural style called “Federal” sought to distinguish American cities from their European predecessors…. Or did it? Join Professor Kathryn Lasdow to learn about the evolution of American city design and architecture from the American Revolution to the early Republic. You’ll explore the characteristics of neoclassical architectural traditions, the urban design ties between America and Europe, and the social and political forces that transformed America’s built landscapes.
Cities in Revolt: Urban Life in America, 1743-1776, by Carl Bridenbaugh
When London Was Capital of America, by Julie Flavell
Town House: Architecture and Material Life in the Early American City, 1780 – 1830, by Bernard L. Herman
The Measure of Manhattan: The Tumultuous Career and Surprising Legacy of John Randel Jr., Cartographer, Surveyor, Inventor, by Marguerite Holloway
- What are the similarities and differences between the Georgian and Federal/Adamesque styles of architecture?
- How did architecture become a symbol of republican political identity in the early American republic?
- Is there such a thing as “American architecture” in the 1700s and 1800s?