National Historical Publications & Records Commission

Papers of William Thornton

University of Virginia

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William Thornton (1759 -1828) was the architect of the U.S. Capitol and Superintendent of Patents from 1802 until his death. He designed the Library Company of Philadelphia, Prospect Hill, the Octagon House, Woodlawn, and Tudor Place. This collection is a selection of letters and documents from his career.

One volume completed of a planned two-volume series


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First Architect of the Capitol William Thornton (1804), Courtesy Smithsonian American Art Museum


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