Let's consult the official website of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry:
Latrobe, educated in England and Germany, studied architecture under Sir William Chambers and civil engineering under John Smeaton, then the outstanding civil engineer in England. After working in a subordinate capacity, Brother Latrobe opened his own architectural office in 1791 in England, but, as none were for major projects, he was dissatisfied with the commissions he received. Early in 1796, Brother Benjamin Henry Latrobe arrived in Virginia from England to seek his fortune in America. Had Parliament approved the proposed Chelmsford Canal project in England, Latrobe would have been its chief engineer, and other commissions would have followed. But Parliament did not, so this turn of fate gave us the "Father of Architecture in America."And adds:
Regarding Brother Latrobe's Masonic membership, he was initiated in the Lodge of Antiquity No. 2, London, 1788, and served as Junior Warden 1789–90. When he came to the United States, he affiliated with Lodge No. 54, Richmond, Virginia.It's a whole "New Age," all right.