Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Historic Preservation

Committee Chair/Advisor

Amalia Leifeste

Committee Member

Laurel Bartlett

Committee Member

Ralph Muldrow


The contents of this thesis contain research conducted over a 9-month span surrounding the nature of architectural education in the late American Colonial Period, progressing into the Early Republic. Themes such as early European influences, 17th and 18th century art and architecture schools of Dublin, Ireland and Paris, France, and early American drafting schools/apprenticeship societies are analyzed. This paper, first, seeks to document the scholarly dialogue surrounding the ways in which early American architectural practitioners were educated, and in what ways this training was manifest in their physical designs. With a timeframe of approximately 1770 to 1830, 23 practitioners (brick layers, masons, carpenters, architects, military engineers, plaster workers, etc.) and 31 buildings were researched and analyzed. These individuals and built works were catalogued, providing raw data to be extrapolated into a networking software which conveys linkages between different entries. This paper will identify the intricate network of architects, builders, and designers that either taught, trained, or were influenced in some pertinent manner in the late colonial and early republic field of architecture. Additionally, the research highlights connectivity between buildings and people. This study will contribute to the larger dialogue by adding a visual, meta perspective to a field which has been more singularly focused on specific biographies and particular aspects of the early American field.



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