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|Architect||Benjamin Henry Latrobe||
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|Location||Baltimore, Maryland map|
|Date||1806 or 1814 to 1818 timeline|
|Building Type||large church, cathedral|
|Construction System||cut stone bearing masonry|
|Notes||"St. Mary's Cathedral" in Whiffen and Koeper and others. The "Baltimore Basilica". Domed cross-plan. Roman Catholic.|
|Discussion||Baltimore Cathedral Commentary
Known as "America's first cathedral", designed in part in reference to the slightly earlier U.S. Capitol building.
Portico by John H. B. Latrobe, 1863.
Officially known as the "Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary".
Sources on Baltimore Cathedral
Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. circle and square diagram, p185. reduction diagram, p212. Updated edition available at Amazon.com
Richard Hubbard Howland. The Architecture of Baltimore, a Pictorial History. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1953. exterior photo of facade, plate37, p71.
Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture, from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1986. interior of altar and main space, plate 704, p444.
Marcus Whiffen and Frederick Koeper. American Architecture, 1860-1976. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984. ISBN 0262730707. exterior photo, f115, p136. plan drawing, f116, p136. An excellent survey of American architecture. Available at Amazon.com
Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.
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