THE ARCHITECT OF THE 4th of JULY

When we celebrate of the 4th of July, we often think of Thomas Jefferson, the Founding Father who composed the Declaration of Independence and served as the third President of the United States. However, a lesser-known facet of Jefferson’s life is his remarkable contributions as an architect.

Thomas Jefferson’s interest in architecture was a passion that he pursued throughout his life. Influenced by classical European architecture, particularly from his time in France, Jefferson envisioned a distinctly American architectural style that blended classical elements with practical innovation.

One of Jefferson’s most famous architectural achievements is the design of his personal residence, Monticello, located near Charlottesville, Virginia. Monticello stands as a testament to Jefferson’s architectural genius, featuring a unique blend of Palladian, Neoclassical, and Federal styles.

While Jefferson is celebrated primarily for being the author of the Declaration of Independence, his contributions to architecture have garnered recognition from historians and architects alike.

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