The period and style between about 1785 to 1820 in the newly-founded United States. Actively promoted by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Latrobe, the architecture of the Federal Period (known as Federalist or the Federal style) is based on the ideological conception of the United States as a new Roman Republic. It is thus primarily a form of Classical Revival, but the Federal style also incorporates elements from Palladian, Georgian, and French Empire architecture.

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Refers to movement in America that flourished from around 1785 to 1820 based on the revival of Roman architectural styles in the design of government buildings. The movement, endorsed by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Latrobe, is driven by the metaphorical concept of the United States as analogous to the Roman Republic in its grandeur and political philosophy.

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