Jeffersonian Architecture: Monticello & UVA

It’s somehow appropriate that Amanda and I should visit Monticello after visiting Machu Picchu.  Both are UN World Heritage Sites that prompt the question:  Why would anyone build a farm on top of a mountain with no running water?

Dining room

The dining room was the highlight of the trip for me.  Last time I was here, it was painted a soft blue color that was very pretty and safe.  Then the curators discovered that it had actually been painted this dramatic chrome yellow.  It was Jefferson’s own selection and was the very latest in European fashion (and cost a fortune).  I’d read about the restoration in Elle Decor and was excited to see it in real life. 




Passage from the dependencies to the main house


University of Virginia:  Jefferson’s “Academical Village”

The Rotunda

Faculty house, flanked by student apartments


Salon in the Rotunda

Stairways in the Rotunda


View of The Lawn from the Rotunda

One comment

  1. Love the bright yellow dining room and the green sofa's in the rotunda!


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