Poplar Forest
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Architect Thomas Jefferson
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Location Forest, near Lynchburg, Virginia   map
Date 1806   timeline
Building Type large house
 Construction System brick bearing masonry
Climate temperate
Context rural
Style Neoclassical, Neo-Palladian
Notes Geometrically elegant octagonal plan.


Photo, exterior

Photo, temple front entry

Photo, exterior overview


Elevation Diagram Drawing

Plan Diagram Drawing

Site Plan Diagram Drawing
Discussion Poplar Forest Commentary

"Thomas Jefferson and his wife, Martha, inherited the plantation known as Poplar Forest from her father in 1773. Theworking tobacco farm of 4,812 acres eventually provided Jefferson with a significant portion of his cash income. Theplantation also offered the perfect site for his most personal architectural achievement -- a unique octagonal house set withinan elaborately designed landscape. In this meticulously planned retreat he had the seclusion to pursue his passion forreading, writing, studying, and gardening."

— from the History page at www.poplarforest.com.


Detailed directions and a location map are available at www.poplarforest.com.

Sources on Poplar Forest

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. plan to section diagram, p156. elevation, p156. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

I. T. Frary. Thomas Jefferson, Architect and Builder. Richmond: Garrett and Massie, 1931. exterior photo from grounds, plate 77 (LXXVII).

Jane Brown Gillette. "Mr. Jefferson's Retreat", Historic Preservation, July/August 1992, Vol 44 Number 04. p42-49. exterior elevation photo of one entry, p42-43.

B.J. Novitski. Slides from the photographer's collection.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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Poplar Forest ImagesAn excellent student modeling project.

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