(b. 1716, York, d. 1775, New Haven)

Exterior view

Redwood Library, Newport, Rhode Island

As in England, the mid-18th century saw in North America a turn away from Roman classicism and a search for severer and purer forms. The founding structure of North American Neoclassicism is considered to be the Redwood Library in Newport. For the first time in North America a building was defined by the elegant façade of a classical temple.

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