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Benjamin Henry Latrobe-Sedgeley/Porter’s House

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The final house that was another one of Latrobe’s best structures was Sedgeley/Porter’s House. Located in Philadelphia, PA,  this mansion was situated on a hill that overlooked a river. It was a two story mansion that was built in a Gothic Revival style and included types of gothic elements such as scalloped bargeboards on the eaves and windows with label mouldings. The front of the house featured a portico, and a two-story entrance hall. The exterior contained ashlar stone walls and wooden construction for the piazza. The Porter’s house served as a cottage for the tenant which is still existing today and was used as a jail.

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11.  INTERIOR VIEW IN CENTER SPACE OF DOOR WITH GOTHIC STYLE TRACERY FROM NORTHEAST - Sedgeley Porter's House, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

9.  DETAIL VIEW OF NORTHEAST FRONT ENTRANCE, WITH SCALE - Sedgeley Porter's House, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

Benjamin Henry Latrobe-Adena Mansion

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Another one of four remaining structures of Latrobe is called Adena. Located in Chillicothe, Ohio, This mansion served as a home to the sixth state senator Thomas Worthington and family. The house was to display “the culture of the east on the frontier” as Worthington described. Latrobe used a rational-house design which was one of simplicity and strong geometric proportions. Symmetrical Palladian wings were situated on each side of the structure with a raised forecourt between. The circuit villa concept was evident with perimeter doors that connected all rooms in the main block for company to circulate in a free and comfortable fashion. Local golden sandstone was used for the building material which gave the structure permanence and stability.  The mansion was seen as the pinnacle of fine living and elegance and was one of the finest homes in the Allegany Mountains at the time. The house was a home within a home. Today, Adena serves as a museum that would allow guest to come and view the inside of the mansion as well as household furniture that the Worthington family had used. It also serves as one of the town’s best places to get married.

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Benjamin Henry Latrobe-Decatur House

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Built in 1818, The Decatur House was the first private residence in the White House neighborhood.  It was built for naval hero Stephen Decatur and his wife. Its neoclassical architecture has distinguished the structure to become one of the most important buildings in Washington D.C.  It has been home to some famous Secretary of State position holders such as Martin Van Buren, Henry Clay, and Edward Livingston. There is also a two story structure that was built in the house that served as a slave quarters for the house slaves that John Gadsby had brought in when he rented the place. The quarters today can be traced back for evidence of bondage in the sight of the white house.

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Benjamin Henry Latrobe-The Pope Villa

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For my architect, I was given Benjamin Henry Latrobe. He was born in England on May 1, 1764.  He is known as the Father of American  Architecture because of many of his famous structures in particularly houses. One of the Four houses  still remaining till this day is the Pope Villa. Built in 1811, it was designed for the Senator at the time, John Pope. It has been stated that the inspiration for design was drawn from 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio. Inside the cubic mass of the Pope Villa is a surprising sequence of rectilinear and curvilinear rooms  with light and shadow. Latrobe called these interior effects Scenery which would  reflect his reliance on the compositional principles of 18th Century picturesque landscape design.

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Texas Stadium-Charlton Nwaefulu

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When you hear the word Texas you start to think about Whataburger, big state, trucks, etc. One thing everyone else thinks about is football. Born in Ft. Worth, i grew up as a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and have been a fan ever since. from watching the remaining years of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, and Deion Sanders to watching the beginning of Tony Romo’s career, the Cowboys have been a quintessential part of my life and always wanting to go to a game had been on my bucket list and i got to live that experience the day they played the Vikings. 4862842_orig

i don’t remember much of the game since i was 3 years old at the time but i do understand the outcome now, Randy Moss had brutally dismantled us that game and everyone in the stadium was completely upset at the fact that this tragedy had happened and it happened to be on Thanksgiving which was on my dad’s birthday. this building has a significant impact on me because it was the very first time i had got to watch a NFL game live and it happened to be my favorite team. we always used to pass by this stadium while we are in Irving.

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When they tore down the building in 2008, i was sad because i was so used to seeing the stadium being in Irving. Even though the new stadium got built closer to my old apt, i cherished the memories i got of watching not only a game live but watching Cowboys games being played in Texas Stadium.  History was made in that stadium and it will remain THE home of Americas Team.

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