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Architect Thomas Jefferson
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Location Charlottesville, Virginia   map
Date 1768 to 1782   timeline
Building Type architect's house, large house
 Construction System brick masonry
Climate warm temperate
Context rural
Style Colonial Georgian
Notes Remodeled 1796 to 1808.


Photo, exterior, the main house

Photo, exterior overview

Photo, exterior overview


Elevation Drawing

Plan Drawing

Perspective engraving

More drawings available on The GBC CD-ROM.   Contributions appreciated

Discussion Monticello Commentary

"In Monticello, his house outside Charlottesville, the Pantheon was domesticized in the great tradition of residential Pantheons, which included Chiswick and Palladio's Villa Rotonda. Sitting on a hillcrest small enough to be echoed in the swell of its central dome, Monticello had a cross-axial plan like its predecessors, but unlike them stretched itself horizontally reaching out toward the sweep of its site, while service units were buried underground. So, fixed to the land with its domed core but acknowledging with its out-stretched wings the open-ended expanse, and filled with gadgets of all kinds, Monticello was like the primordial American home—seeking stability but also freedom, respectful of European tradition but insistent on comfort and effort-saving devices, both conventional and one of a kind."

— Spiro Kostof. A History of Architecture. p625.

Sources on Monticello

Werner Blaser and Monica Stucky. Drawings of Great Buildings. Boston: Birkhauser Verlag, 1983. ISBN 3-7643-1522-9. LC 83-15831. NA2706.U6D72 1983. plan and elevation drawings, p151. — Available at

I.T. Frary. DThomas Jefferson, Architect and Builder. Richmond, Virginia: Garret and Massie, 1931. Interior photo of hall with connecting balcony, plXII, p21.

Johnson Architectural Images. Copyrighted slides in the Artifice Collection.

Spiro Kostof. DA History of Architecture. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985. ISBN 0-19-503472-4. LC 84-25375. NA200.K65 1985. p625.   Available at

Great Buildings Model Kit : Great Buildings of the World. Julian Bicknell, Steve Chapman (Contributor). Clarkson Potter(June 1995). ISBN 0517883503. — A kit book with detailed pre-cut scale models of four famous buildings: Monticello, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Taj Mahal, and the Parthenon. Available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Monticello


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