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Thomas Jefferson's Architecture and Design


For Thomas Jefferson, architecture was an art that encompassed more than simply shelter but embodied cultural and political values. This course will focus on his architectural and other designs (gardens, interiors, towns, campuses) and his interest in the arts generally and how they relate to his other accomplishments. Considered will be Jefferson's concept of the didactic role of architecture in the new American Republic and in the education of Americans, the role of his workers, and how preservation influences our understanding of his buildings. Some field trips to view the sites will be an extra. Note: This course does not meet on Monday, September 24.

Instructor Bio:

Richard Guy Wilson holds the Commonwealth Professor Chair in Architectural History at UVA. A frequent lecturer and a television commentator he has also published widely on different aspects of American and modern architecture. He has also curated numerous museum exhibits including several on Thomas Jefferson including one from January-April 2018 at the University Art Museum.

Required Reading:

Harris, Cyril M. Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture, 1983. Malone, Dumas, Thomas Jefferson, A Brief Biography, 2001. Jefferson, Thomas and Frank Shuffelton. Notes on the State of Virginia, 1998.

Recommended Reading:

Stanton, Lucia. Slavery at Monticello, 2002. Cunningham Jr., Noble E. In Pursuit of Reason: The Life of Thomas Jefferson, 1988. Sutton, Ian. Western Architecture: From Ancient Greece to the Present, 1999.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A101 Richard Wilson Sept 10, 17, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22 Mo 10:00-11:30 a.m. Holiday Inn WL

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