Thomas Jefferson, Architect
Jul 02, 2000
Thomas Jefferson was one of America's most accomplished intellectuals, with a wide range of scientific, literary, and philosophical interests. One of his greatest passions was architecture, and, as a self-taught architect, Jefferson designed several buildings. This lecture focuses on his three most important projects: Monticello, Jefferson's home near Charlottesville, Virginia; the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond; and Jefferson's final project, the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. (All three are located within easy driving distance of the conference.) Mrs. Tracinski shows how Jefferson's architecture reflected the Enlightenment's reverence for reason, individualism, and freedom over relying on and blind tradition.