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Robert Mills

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Robert Mills

(b. Charleston, South Carolina, 1781; d. 1855)

"Robert Mills was the first professionally trained architect born in America — in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1781. Though Mills was known for numerous official buildings (he was long Architect and Engineer for the government), his greatest triumph was in winning the privately organized competition for the Washington Monument (1836) in Washington, D.C. Mills had earlier designed the Washington Monument in Baltimore (1815-25): a Tuscan column resting on a sturdy base and topped by a figure of the president. His proposal for Washington, D.C., was a 600-foot-high square shaft, barely tapered and almost flat-topped, rising from a huge Greco-Roman peristyle (circular colonnade) wreathed with thirty-two Doric columns plus porch!"

— G.E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture.

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