In Jefferson's Shadow: The Architecture of Thomas R. Blackburn

In Jefferson's Shadow: The Architecture of Thomas R. Blackburn

by Bryan Clark Green
     
 

In 1999, historians at the Virginia Historical Society acquired three curiously bound volumes of drawings and documents created between 1821 and 1858 by a long — and unjustifiably — forgotten architect named Thomas R. Blackburn.Further inspection revealed that these were, in fact, no ordinary documents, but a unique window onto the life of a distinguished…  See more details below

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In 1999, historians at the Virginia Historical Society acquired three curiously bound volumes of drawings and documents created between 1821 and 1858 by a long — and unjustifiably — forgotten architect named Thomas R. Blackburn.Further inspection revealed that these were, in fact, no ordinary documents, but a unique window onto the life of a distinguished builder and his revered master: Thomas Jefferson. In these extraordinary books, we find Blackburn, at first a young carpenter, engaged in the construction of Jefferson's famed "academical village" at the University of Virginia. He simultaneously embarked on an ambitious program of architectural study, guided, it appears, by Jefferson himself. The drawings he executed in the four decades that followed — extraordinary ink and watercolor explorations of his many residential and civic commissions — bear witness to his emergence as a mature and prolific architect in his own right. In Jefferson's Shadow is a unique document of the relationship between an unknown but highly skilled country builder and the American statesman widely considered this nation's first gentleman architect. But it is also an indispensable resource on the little-understood practice of architecture in the early and mid-nineteenth century.

Author Biography: Bryan Clark Green, co-author of Lost Virginia: Vanished Architecture of the Old Dominion, studied architectural history at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Virginia. An architectural historian with Commonwealth Architects of Richmond, Virginia, he is adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he teaches historic preservation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568984797
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date:
06/01/2005
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
12.30(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.32(d)

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