Plumb Lines

April 13, 2009

Poplar Forest

Filed under: Uncategorized — Matthew Schmitz @ 7:46 am

poplar-forest

The New York Times on Thomas Jeffeson’s other home:

. . . in 1806, as Monticello neared completion, Jefferson began to build Poplar Forest, a more private retreat: a modest octagonal home with a skylight-topped central room shaped in a perfect cube. And let us detour here for a moment. Poplar Forest seeks the same stylistic resonances as Monticello, though in a more intimate context, its geometric core and extravagantly tall windows opening onto rolling fields and hills. “When finished,” Jefferson wrote of this building in 1812, “it will be the best dwelling house in the state, except that of Monticello; perhaps preferable to that, as more proportioned to the faculties of a private citizen.”

(cross-posted at The Electrician’s Apprentice)

-Matthew Schmitz

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