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Wednesday
Jun132012

Jefferson’s Home: Monticello

Ever since my days in grade school, I have been fascinated with the founding of our country. I recently had an opportunity to visit one of the founding father’s homes and jumped at the chance to record the experience through pictures. I did the best I could to capture the genius that is Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, citing his ability for great detail and grandiose vision. Walking through the halls of the house, there was a feeling of claustrophobia in the rooms, low windows helped create this effect. Some windows in the upstairs rooms even started from the floor.

Overall, I got the feeling that Jefferson was doing more experimenting with architecture than actual pragmatic home building. The room that the dome resides under was used as a storage room for example, holding no functional purpose. The pictures I took and kept for this post, exemplify the aspects of this house and things you wouldn’t normally notice when visiting Monticello.

This was actually what the inside of the dome room. I was quite surprised by not only the color of the room but that of the floor and the half mirror windows. Also, these chairs were found in almost every room of the house.

Above is a look at Jefferson’s impressive garden. It is a replica of what his would have looked like down to each plant and vegetation. The spot made for a beautiful picture of the rolling hills that surrounded the home.

Here was a key hole I found on a very red door. This was located near a tight corner in an upstairs wing of the house. The door actually led to a small attic. I got as close to the keyhole as possible but was having trouble with blurring. The gold and red contrast really seemed to work well.

Here is a simple example of the low windows in the house. As you can tell, the lighting was awful and I was not able to get a good shot, but it was still able to show Jefferson’s need for experimentation.

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