State Route 53 vicinity, Charlottesville vicinity, Albemarle County, VA
Monticello, the plantation home of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, was built from his own design, beginning in 1769. The first of many architectural endeavors - which included his retreat, Poplar Forest (1806-26), the Virginia State Capitol Building (1785-1798) and the University of Virginia (1822-26) - it was in many ways his most ingenious. In keeping with his political beliefs, Jefferson rejected the often-used English architectural examples and instead turned to ancient Rome and the work of Andrea Palladio for models on which to base Monticello. Jefferson spent the next forty years or more improving upon his original design. Despite these changes, the initial foundation plan was altered in few respects.
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