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Thomas Jefferson: Architect: The Built Legacy of Our Third President

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Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, was also its first great architect. The Jeffersonian Classical style has been so influential that, along with Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson, Jefferson is one of the three most recognized architects in American history. Although never formally trained as an architect, Jefferson intensively studied the architecture of Paris when he resided there as minister to France and read extensively on classical architecture, particularly Palladio's Four Books...
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Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, was also its first great architect. The Jeffersonian Classical style has been so influential that, along with Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson, Jefferson is one of the three most recognized architects in American history. Although never formally trained as an architect, Jefferson intensively studied the architecture of Paris when he resided there as minister to France and read extensively on classical architecture, particularly Palladio's Four Books on Architecture, all of which gave him a firm footing in the classical tradition.

Monticello, his own home, was constantly redesigned by Jefferson during his life time, and he referred to it as his essay in architecture. The University of Virginia, which he founded and conceived the architecture for, is perhaps the greatest campus of any American university and certainly one of this country's greatest public spaces anywhere. Both of these are well served by the beautiful panoramic photographs in this volume, which show them in the landscape they are situated in, an integral part of Jefferson's design. Less well known, but included here, is the balance of Jefferson's work as an architect: the Virginia State Capitol and over a dozen private homes which still stand today. Illustrated with splendid color photography by the same author-photographer team that created Rizzoli's Wright for Wright, this is the first volume to combine all the extant work of Jefferson.
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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
… an especially illuminating blend of photography and text. —Janet Maslin
Library Journal
Howard, author of several architecture and home remodeling titles, partners with architectural photographer Straus to create a well-written book filled with 120 beautiful color photographs of buildings whose designs are attributed to Thomas Jefferson. The introduction contains a short biographical sketch of Jefferson, providing background on the architects and buildings that may have been influential to his design philosophy, but the details of Jefferson's life, including his presidency, are skeletal throughout the book. Chapters focus on the Virginia Capitol building; Jefferson's home, Monticello; Jefferson's "home away from home," Poplar Forest; the Academical Village at the University of Virginia; an interesting discussion on homes that may or may not have been designed by Jefferson; and a consideration of Jefferson's architecture as lasting legacy on American architecture. While there are current titles devoted to Monticello and the University of Virginia campus, no other in-print title is devoted to Jefferson's entire body of architecture. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Valerie Nye, New Mexico State Lib., Santa Fe Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847845392
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 2/17/2015
  • Pages: 204

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