Modern Design for - Thomas Jefferson - Architect
A happy 4th of July everyone. Thomas Jefferson, primary signer of the document we celebrate today, was also America’s first home grown architect. He was self-taught; devoted to studying Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio’s The Four Books of Architecture. His work is a blend of Roman classicism and the French design he absorbed while Minister to France from 1784-1789. The foremost of his architectural legacy is Monticello, his primary residence, and Poplar Forest, his private retreat built when he was in his 60’s. Poplar Forest incorporated much French design; floor to ceiling windows, bed alcoves, skylights and indoor baths. The father of what would become the iconic American villa, he also designed the Virginia State Capitol, and the University of Virginia.