While at school in Paris, Bennett and his peers took trips around France to sketch and learn from the country’s stunning architecture. Bennett’s Beaux-Arts training and experience in France determined his own architectural style and practices for the rest of his life. Bennett did so much to further French architectural culture in the U.S., in fact, that he was awarded Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor in 1927. Bennett was not influenced only by French styles, however, but by European architecture as a whole. After graduating school in 1901, Bennett was awarded a tour of Italy, Sicily, Athens, and Istanbul. He would come to visit Europe twice more in his life, and his sketches and pictures served as inspiration for his work in the U.S.