Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764-1820)

Benjamin Henry Boneval Latrobe, Architect of the Capitol, of Washington D.C.

Associated Houses

Decatur House

Washington D.C.

The White House

Washington D.C.

Van Ness House

Washington D.C.

Ashdown House

Forest Row







He trained in England under Samuel Pepys Cockerell (1757-1827). In 1796, he emigrated to America (his mother was a native of Pennsylvania) where he is best known as the architect of the United States Capitol and as the man who repaired and improved The White House after the British put it to the torch in 1814. His "best house I ever designed" was the Van Ness House which bears a distinct similarity to his second private commission in England, Ashdown House. His only remaining residential building in America is the historic Decatur House in Washington D.C., though the design of Belvidere in New York is also attributed to him.  
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 22/11/2018 and last updated on 14/04/2020.