Thomas Jefferson

Monticello-with-Blossoms

Thomas Jefferson at Monticello – To See and be Seen

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Throughout his life Thomas Jefferson was continually putting his house Monticello up or pushing it down as his knowledge and experience of life and architecture expanded.

Villa Capra, 'La Rotunda' by Venetian Architect Andrea Palladio in the Veneto, Italy

La Casa di Villa – Dwelling under the Tent of Heaven

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The precise location of heaven on earth has never really been established, but it could very well be a villa designed to cultivate the head heart body and soul

Ben Franklin Besst

Franklin & Jefferson – Founding The Architecture of Freedom

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The 18th century neoclassical movement in Europe and England admired the forms of ancient Greece and Rome. In America they became an important aspect of the architecture of freedom

The American Dream – Great Books Helping the Vision Pt 1

The American Dream – Great Books Helping the Vision Pt 1

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In the 18th century books about what was beautiful and right inspired those founding a new Rome in America to have a vision of liberty freedom & justice for all

Charles Clérisseau – Inspiring Architectural Excellence

Charles Clérisseau – Inspiring Architectural Excellence

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A drawing in the Victoria and Albert Museum (V & A) at London by Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807) penned 1762 – 1766 is believed to be of the French drawing master considered one of the most original architectural draughtsmen in eighteenth and early nineteenth century Europe Charles Louis Clérisseau (1721 –…

English Palladianism in America

English Palladianism in America

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Noted English architectural historian the late great Sir John Summerson (1904 – 1992) described English Palladianism, as it has become known, as ‘that balanced combination of the useful and the beautiful, or prosperity and good breeding’. What it did do was satisfy the need for a style that encompassed the…