How Andrea Palladio influenced the design of the White House, the New York Stock Exchange, and other American landmarks.

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May 19 2010 7:06 AM

The Godfather

How a 16th-century Italian influenced the design of the White House, the New York Stock Exchange, and other American landmarks.

The Godfather of American Architecture. Click here to launch slide show.

Click here for a slide show on Andrea Palladio's influence on American architecture.

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Witold Rybczynski is Slate's architecture critic His latest book is The Biography of a Building: How Robert Sainsbury and Norman Foster Built a Great Museum. Visit his Web site. Follow him on Twitter.

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