Laurie Olin, distinguished professor, author, and renowned landscape architect whose designs include the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington, D.C. and Bryant Park in New York City, received the Thomas Jefferson Foundation's 2013 Medal in Architechture. In this video, he shares his response to his tour of Monticello.
Laurie Olin, 2013 TJF Medal in Architecture Recipient
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 Garden Pavilion is a structure designed and built by Thomas Jefferson near the end of his presidential term or in his early retirement years. One observer states, "...We walked into the gardens, to see the places where the best views presented themselves, & which Mr. Jefferson had fixed - on as favourite spots for walking, reading or reflection. ...On a point of the mountain...there - is an eminence where Mr. Jefferson had erected a little Grecian temple & which was a...
In 1822, Thomas Jefferson began his final stretch of building at Monticello. Although the West Portico at Monticello was creating 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...
The West Front of Monticello is one of the most widely recognized views of Thomas Jefferson's home. New U.S. citizens are sworn in on the West Portico steps every July 4, and thousands upon thousands of visitors have posed on the same masonry steps to have their images recorded in front of the facade that has graced coins, postage stamps, and countless other objects over the years. But were there finished steps in front of the West Portico in Jefferson's day? Several well-known...
Artist/Maker: Designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, executed by Francisco Iardella (1793-1831) 
Origin/Purchase: Washington, D.C.?
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...
Artist/Maker: Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764-1820)
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...
At the southwestern end of Mulberry Row, Monticello’s principal plantation street, are the ruins of Jefferson’s ca. 1770 joiners’ shop. The shop was used by Jefferson’s free and enslaved carpenters to produce fine architectural woodwork and furniture until Jefferson’s death in 1826. The building is also where Jefferson’s free craftsmen taught the enslaved John Hemmings to be a skilled house joiner and furniture maker.
After Jefferson died, the Joiners’ Shop fell into ruin and by the 1920s the...
This past weekend, seven families participated in Monticello’s first ever My Monticello Gingerbread House Family Workshop. We loved seeing multiple generations working together with such focus, creativity, and collaboration. Check out the exuberant work of these budding architects!
To learn more, visit http://www.monticello.org/site/visit/events/my-monticello-gingerbread-house-family-workshop
Peter Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson's father, patented 1,000-acre tract which became Monticello.
Thomas Jefferson born at Shadwell.
Peter Jefferson died.
Thomas Jefferson attended the College of William and Mary.
Began study of law with George Wythe.
Came into inheritance at age of 21.
Admitted to practice law before General Court.
Elected to House of Burgesses....