An antebellum plantation household: including the South Carolina low country …

By Anne Sinkler Whaley

Charles Bulfinch (1763-1844), American architect, worked in the Federal style. Born in Boston and educated at Harvard University, Bulfinch was influenced by British architect Christopher Wren. Bulfinch’s most important design was The Massachusetts State House. Benjamin Latrobe, a British architect who migrated to the US, designed the Bank of Pennsylvania, the first Greek revival style. This style became very important from 1820 to 1860. Pierre Charles L’Enfant worked with Thomas Jefferson in the planning of the city of Washington, D.C. Classical and Federal styles dominated the early republic. Architects of this period were generally amateurs.