Phil Adds to 'Architecture Week' in the Blogosphere
Joseph François Mangin [click to read] is another 'only in America' story. He was born a slave in Haiti and in 1791, while Banneker was working on Washington, Mangin made his escape during a slave rebellion. He made his way to Paris and studied architecture.
When the French Revolution sent him packing again he came to New York where he made significannt contributions to the city's civic and religious architecture.