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View of the partially reinstalled N. Passage, note the bedroll in the far right.
People today often forget how flexible rooms were in the past. The North Passage on the 2nd floor of Monticello is a prime example of multi-functionality. Of course it was a corridor, but it also acted as a storage area, work room, and as sleeping quarters for visitors and enslaved workers. This passage, approximately 8' wide by 27’ long, offered a considerable amount of useable space in the crowded household. The window on the north wall offered light and ventilation, modulating temperature...


Artist/Maker: Designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, executed by Francisco Iardella (1793-1831) [1] Created: 1816 Origin/Purchase: Washington, D.C.? Materials: sandstone Dimensions: 45.7 x 53.3 x 53.3 (18 x 21 x 21 in.) Provenance: Benjamin Henry Latrobe; by gift to Thomas Jefferson; by purchase to James T. Barclay; by purchase to Uriah P. Levy; by descent to Jefferson M. Levy; by purchase to Thomas Jefferson Foundation in 1923. Accession Number: 1923-4 Historical Notes: Jefferson's involvement...


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Children operating a working model based on Jefferson's Polygraph copying machin
A hands-on activity center for children Monticello visitors—especially those ages 6 to 12—can literally get in touch with American history in the Griffin Discovery Room through hands-on activities. This educational environment provides a variety of ways for young people to connect with Thomas Jefferson, the members of the larger Monticello community, and learn what life was like for children in the early 1800s. The space features reproduction elements from both the Monticello house, such as...


Artist/Maker: Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764-1820)[1] Created: 1806 Origin/Purchase: Washington, D.C. Materials: pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor on paper Dimensions: 49.5 x 68.9 (19 1/2 x 27 1/8 in.) Location: During Jefferson's lifetime: Dining Room or in the private suites: Cabinet or Library or Bedroom Provenance: Benjamin Henry Latrobe; by gift to Thomas Jefferson; by purchase or gift to John Neilson; to an unidentified person; by purchase to Nicholas Latrobe Roosevelt; by descent to...


In 1822, Thomas Jefferson began his final stretch of building at Monticello. Although the West Portico was created during the first building phase, Jefferson had yet to put up the Doric style columns he had envisioned for the area. Upon his visit to Monticello in 1807, British diplomat Augustus John Foster remarked that "the house has two porticoes of the Doric order, though one of them was not quite completed, and the pediment has in the meanwhile to be supported on the stems of four tulip...


The West Front of Monticello is one of the most widely recognized views of Thomas Jefferson's home. Thousands upon thousands of visitors have posed on the West Portico steps to have their images recorded in front of the facade that has graced coins, postage stamps, and countless other objects over the years. Every Fourth of July, new U.S. citizens are sworn in on the same masonry steps. But were there finished steps at the West Portico in Jefferson's day? Several well-known paintings and...


Until recently, the Nursery has been used as a Curatorial storage room
Of all of the 2nd and 3rd floor spaces currently undergoing study, restoration, and re-interpretation at Monticello, the Nursery is the most complex as it requires extensive architectural restoration.  After Jefferson’s death, Jefferson Monroe Levy, who owned Monticello from 1878-1923, divided the Nursery into three sections--a vestibule, storage room, and bathroom. The bathroom and vestibule were removed by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in the 1950s but the space was left unrestored....


The National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol
This year, the Restoration Department concluded their research into the design of Monticello’s original exterior “Venetian” blinds. The search ultimately led them from Monticello to the U.S. Capitol. Monticello’s current blinds date to the early 20th century and have reached the end of their serviceable life. Nowadays exterior blinds, or “shutters” as most people refer to them, are merely decorative. However, in the 18th and early 19th centuries, they were an essential feature of virtually...


The National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol
This year, the Restoration Department concluded their research into the design of Monticello’s original exterior “Venetian” blinds. The search ultimately led them from Monticello to the U.S. Capitol. Monticello’s current blinds date to the early 20th century and have reached the end of their serviceable life. Nowadays exterior blinds, or “shutters” as most people refer to them, are merely decorative. However, in the 18th and early 19th centuries, they were an essential feature of virtually...