Thomas Jefferson loved architecture - the art of designing buildings. Jefferson designed his own home, Monticello, the University of Virginia, the Virginia State Capitol building, and private residences.

Below are some resources for exploring Jefferson's interest in architecture on your own.

For Young Learners

Live Virtual Tours for Families

From Mastodon bones to hidden beds, history will come alive for your kids as our guides share inspiring stories of our nation’s founding and of the people, both free and enslaved, who lived on this working plantation.

Build Your Own House

Jefferson designed his two houses for himself. Now you can be an architect too!

Architecture is My Delight

Thomas Jefferson said that "Architecture is my delight, and putting up and pulling down, one of my favorite amusements." Find out more about his love of architecture in our 'Day in the Life of Thomas Jefferson' feature.

Gifts for Kids

From books to toys to games, we have a wide array of educational and entertaining for kids in our online shop.

For Older Learners

Math, Science, Columns!

A cross-subject lesson plan for high school students using architecture, trigonometry, and environmental science.