An American architectural and decorative style which was Neoclassical in manner and derived mainly from French architecture and the Adam style. It played a dominant role from the Declaration of Independence in 1776 until around 1820. The term is derived from the period surrounding the creation of the federal constitution in 1787. An early example of the style was the Virginia State Capitol, Richmond (c.1785–96), designed by Thomas Jefferson, with the assistance of Charles-Louis Clérisseau. Among the major monuments of the Federal style are the city plan of Washington, DC, and its two principal public buildings, the Capitol and the President's House (the White House).
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.