Category Archives: Three Jefferson Pieces

Three Jefferson Pieces III. “The Rotunda”

Albumleaf 17: June 9, 2010 (New York City) Thomas Jefferson did not live to see The Rotunda at the University of Virginia completed. Originally the University’s library, The Rotunda consists of three floors, the middle containing three elliptical conference rooms, the top the famous dome room, widely considered to be one of America’s greatest indoor […]

Three Jefferson Pieces II. “Monticello”

Albumleaf 16: June 6, 2010 (Farmville) Located just outside Charlottesville, Monticello is Jefferson’s public showplace. Much bigger than Poplar Forest, the house is designed for conversation and study and is filled with whimsical gadgetry. At Monticello, Jefferson is both elegant Enlightenment philosophe and whimsical American inventor. [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

Three Jefferson Pieces I. “Poplar Forest”

Albumleaf 15: May 27, 2010 (Farmville) Located just west of Lynchburg, Poplar Forest is the small, octagonal house Thomas Jefferson built during his second term as President. He intended the house to be a private retreat from his public showpiece, Monticello. While staying at Poplar Forest, Jefferson wrote much of Notes on the State of […]