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Federal Style : Introduction

Federal Style : Introduction

Material prepared by:
Jan Arabas, Department of Art
Middlesex Community College, Bedford and Lowell, MA

Elevation drawing of the Custom House
Elevation drawing of the Custom House (courtesy of Salem Maritime National Historic Site)
A number of influential American thinkers of the late eighteenth and early to mid-nineteenth centuries called for the creation of an American style of architecture. They hoped for buildings that would suit American needs, use native materials, and reflect the American character. Government buildings, as the physical manifestation of our republic, were of special interest. The Federal style of architecture, employed in many of the public structures erected between 1776 and 1820 can be seen as an Americanization of the classical architecture which preceeded it in Europe and the colonies.

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