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

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Now available in a newly reduced trim size and at a lower price, this is the first volume to include all the existing work by Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States and father of American architecture. Along with his numerous political achievements, Thomas Jefferson was also the first great architect of the United States. Monticello, Jefferson’s own home, is showcased here, as is the University of Virginia, which he founded and conceived the architecture for, and which many consider to be the ...
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Overview

Now available in a newly reduced trim size and at a lower price, this is the first volume to include all the existing work by Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States and father of American architecture. Along with his numerous political achievements, Thomas Jefferson was also the first great architect of the United States. Monticello, Jefferson’s own home, is showcased here, as is the University of Virginia, which he founded and conceived the architecture for, and which many consider to be the greatest campus of any American university and certainly one of this country’s greatest public spaces. This volume also includes the balance of Jefferson’s work as an architect: the Virginia State Capitol and more than a dozen private homes still standing today. Illustrated with splendid color photography, this is the first volume to combine all the extant work of Jefferson.
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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
  • Sales rank: 955,481
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Hugh Howard’s books include The Preservationist’s Progress, How Old Is This House, and the memoir House Dreams, about building a Federal Revival–style house for his family. He was the writer of A&E Networks’ series In Search of Palladio. Roger Straus III’s photographs have appeared in US 1: America’s Original Main Street, Mississippi Currents, Modernism Reborn, and Wright for Wright.
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