Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village: The Creation of an Architectural Masterpiece

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Thomas Jefferson's design for the University of Virginia is widely hailed as a masterpiece. It is his greatest architectural accomplishment, the summation of his quest for intellectual freedom. The story of the University encompasses the political and architectural worlds, as Jeffeson struggled against great opposition to establish a new type of educational institution. Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village offers a comprehensive look at Jefferson's design for the University, at how it came into being, at the ...

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Overview

Thomas Jefferson's design for the University of Virginia is widely hailed as a masterpiece. It is his greatest architectural accomplishment, the summation of his quest for intellectual freedom. The story of the University encompasses the political and architectural worlds, as Jeffeson struggled against great opposition to establish a new type of educational institution. Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village offers a comprehensive look at Jefferson's design for the University, at how it came into being, at the different perecptions of its successes and failures, and at the alterations that have taken place down through the years.

The revised edition incorporates research that has been ongoing since the book first appeared in 1993, and includes a preface by Richard Guy Wilson, essays on architecture and education and the Lawn, additional architectural drawings and historic photographs, a foreword by President John T. Casteen III, and numerous color illustrations.

University of Virginia Press

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Published in conjunction with the exhibition organized by the Bayly Art Museum (U. of Virginia), October 1993-January 1994, celebrating Jefferson's design for the U. of Virginia, known as his greatest architectural accomplishment and one of the three achievements for which he wished to be remembered. The essays and architectural documents reveal how Jefferson's design came into being, what obstacles it had to overcome, its perceived successes and failures, alterations, and current restoration efforts. 10x10" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813928302
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 11/4/2009
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 960,648
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Guy Wilson holds the Commonwealth Professor's Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia, where he is also Chair of the Department of Architectural History. He is curator of the University of Virginia's Art Museum exhibition Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Education and Architecture: The Evolution of the University of Virginia's Academical Village 9
Jefferson's Lawn: Perceptions, Interpretations, Meanings 47
The Academical Village Today 75
Notes 84
Index 91
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