Charles Bulfinch Photos

Charles Bulfinch (1763-1844) of Boston is considered America's first native-born architect. Largely self-trained, he was most influenced by the work of Robert Adam & William Chambers of England. Bulfinch is considered the inventor of what is called the American Federal style which evolved from Georgian building rules. Bulfinch first projects consisted of planning Boston neighborhoods such as Tontine Crescent (1793-4) & then the renewal of Beacon Hill into an organized grid (1795). He then designed the Massachusetts Statehouse (1798), Boston's St. Stephen's Church (1804), the old Connecticut Statehouse (1814), University Hall of Harvard University (1815), the First Church of Christ, Lancaster, MA (1816), Maine's State Capitol (1829), & finally the U.S. Capitol (1818-1830) in Washington, DC (of which only his gatehouses & gateposts remain).

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Massachusetts State House. Boston, MA.Dome & classical columns of Massachusetts State House. Boston, MA.Golden neoclassical dome of Massachusetts State House. Boston, MA.Cupola atop Massachusetts State House. Boston, MA.
Massachusetts State House (1795-8) (Beacon St.). Boston, MA. Architect: Charles Bulfinch. Dome & classical columns of Massachusetts State House. Boston, MA.Golden neoclassical dome of Massachusetts State House. Boston, MA.Cupola atop Massachusetts State House. Boston, MA.
Georgian-style windows of Massachusetts State House. Boston, MA.Massachusetts State House entrance gates. Boston, MA.Bulfinch entrance of Massachusetts State House. Boston, MA.One of the original internal columns in Massachusetts State House. Boston, MA.
Georgian-style windows of Massachusetts State House. Boston, MA.Massachusetts State House entrance gates. Boston, MA.Bulfinch entrance of Massachusetts State House. Boston, MA.One of the original internal columns in Massachusetts State House. Boston, MA.
Stephen Higginson Jr. - Lemuel Shaw House in Beacon Hill. Boston, MA.Nichols House Museum was home of author Rose Standish Nichols. Boston, MA.Spiral staircase at Nichols House Museum. Boston, MA.Nichols House Museum in Beacon Hill. Boston, MA.
Stephen Higginson Jr. - Lemuel Shaw House (1803) (49 Mount Vernon St.) in Beacon Hill. Boston, MA. Style: Federal. Architect: Charles Bulfinch.Nichols House Museum (1804) (55 Mount Vernon St. in Beacon Hill) was home (1885-1960) of author Rose Standish Nichols. Boston, MA. Architect: Attrib: Charles Bulfinch. On National Register. Spiral staircase at Nichols House Museum. Boston, MA.Nichols House Museum (aka Jonathan Mason - Charles Harvey Parker House) (1804) (55 Mount Vernon St.) in Beacon Hill. Boston, MA. Style: Federal. Architect: Charles Bulfinch.
Federal 19-15 Chestnut St. including far houses by Charles Bulfinch in Beacon Hill. Boston, MA.John C. Howard - Cyrus Augustus Bartol House in Beacon Hill. Boston, MA.William Sullivan & Samuel Gridley Howe - Julia Ward Row Houses. Boston, MA.William Sullivan House in Beacon Hill. Boston, MA.
Federal 19-15 Chestnut St. including far houses by Charles Bulfinch in Beacon Hill. Boston, MA.John C. Howard - Cyrus Augustus Bartol House (1805) (17 Chestnut St.) in Beacon Hill. Boston, MA. Style: Federal. Architect: Charles Bulfinch.William Sullivan (1805) (15 Chestnut St.) & Samuel Gridley Howe - Julia Ward (1805) (13 Chestnut St.) Row Houses. Boston, MA. Style: Federal. Architect: Charles Bulfinch.William Sullivan House (1805) (15 Chestnut St.) in Beacon Hill. Boston, MA. Style: Federal. Architect: Charles Bulfinch.
Harrison Gray Otis House in Beacon Hill. Boston, MA.St Stephen's Church. Boston, MA.Bell tower of Bulfinch's St Stephen's Church. Boston, MA.Interior of St Stephen's Church. Boston, MA.
Harrison Gray Otis House (1806) (45 Beacon St.) in Beacon Hill. Boston, MA. Style: Federal. Architect: Charles Bulfinch. St Stephen's Church (1804) (401 Hanover St.). Boston, MA. Architect: Charles Bulfinch. Bell tower of Bulfinch's St Stephen's Church. Boston, MA.Interior of St Stephen's Church. Boston, MA.
Faneuil Hall. Boston, MA.Old State House used by Connecticut legislature until new building opened in 1879. Hartford, CT.Facade of Old State House. Hartford, CT.Arcade of Old State House. Hartford, CT.
Faneuil Hall (1762 & 1805). Boston, MA. Style: Georgian. Architect: Charles Bulfinch. On National Register. Old State House (1814) used by Connecticut legislature until new building opened in 1879. Hartford, CT. Architect: Charles Bulfinch. Facade of Old State House. Hartford, CT.Arcade of Old State House. Hartford, CT.
Greek Revival details of Old State House. Hartford, CT.Dome on clock tower of Old State House. Hartford, CT.Staircase of Old State House. Hartford, CT.Lobby of Old State House. Hartford, CT.
Greek Revival details of Old State House. Hartford, CT.Dome on clock tower of Old State House. Hartford, CT.Staircase of Old State House. Hartford, CT.Lobby of Old State House. Hartford, CT.
Connecticut State Senate Chamber in Old State House. Hartford, CT.University Hall on Harvard Yard. Cambridge, MA.Granite block entrance of University Hall. Cambridge, MA.Front facade of State Capitol with columns & pediment. Augusta, ME.
Connecticut State Senate Chamber (1814-90) in Old State House. Hartford, CT.University Hall (1813-15) on Harvard Yard. Cambridge, MA. Architect: Charles Bulfinch. On National Register. Granite block entrance of University Hall. Cambridge, MA.Front facade of State Capitol (1829) with columns & pediment. Augusta, ME. Architect: Charles Bulfinch.
Facade of State Capitol. Augusta, ME.


Facade of State Capitol. Augusta, ME.



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