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Architectural side of Thomas Jefferson.

The first exhibition to examine the design evolution of Thomas Jefferson's Virginia home traces the chronological developments in a design and building program of one of the prime examples of neoclassical architecture in the U.S. It features more than 30 of Jefferson's original drawings and manuscripts, along with archival prints, rare books, and other artifacts from public and private collections, many of which never have been displayed before.

HIstorically revered as a statesman and politician, Jefferson also was a brilliant architect and urban planner. Monticello (meaning "little mountain" in Italian) widely is considered one of this country's greatest architectural treasures. It is the only American home that ever was named to the UNESCO World Heritage List, along with such monuments as the Taj Mahal, Pyramids of Giza, and Great Wall of China.

Monticello was a laboratory for Jefferson's architectural ideas and experiments. The creation of the house he referred to as "my essay in architecture" consumed most of his adult life. Writing of his constant tinkering with the building, Jefferson admitted, "Architecture is my delight, and putting up, and pulling down , one of my favorite amusements."

"Thomas Jefferson and the Design of Monticello" is on view at The Equitable Gallery, New York, through Jan. 8, 1994.
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Title Annotation:Equitable Gallery, New York, New York
Publication:USA Today (Magazine)
Date:Dec 1, 1993
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