© 2008, 2011 Center for Palladian Studies
in America, Inc.
The 16th century
Italian architect Andrea
Palladio, one of the great masters of Renaissance culture,
has had an enduring influence on American architecture.
theories were introduced to America in the first half of the
18th century at such pioneering monuments as Drayton Hall
in South Carolina, Mount Airy in Virginia and Redwood Library
in Rhode Island.
colonial architects including William Buckland, John Trumbull
and Thomas Jefferson began to incorporate into their designs
forms and motifs inspired by Palladio's great opus, Four
Books on Architecture.
a series of articles, this CPSA website documents aspects
of Palladio's life, his buildings and publications, the spread
of his influence through Europe and America, and the evolution
and pervasive impact of the body of architectural principles
and motifs known as Palladianism.