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|Named Person:||Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson|
|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Article, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Sara Bon-Harper; Thomas Jefferson Foundation.
|Notes:||Online version differs from print version.
Thomas Jefferson Foundation notes:
Archaeologists have settled the debate about whether the west portico of Monticello had finished steps. Although a massive brick substructure capable of supporting masonry steps was constructed in the early 1820s, no masonry steps were constructed during Jefferson's lifetime. Instead, an earthen ramp was likely constructed very late in Jefferson's life or shortly after his death in 1826. The article discusses the discrepancies between the physical evidence and many artistic depictions of the west portico from the early 1800s that show finished masonry steps. These are assumed to be idealized versions of Jefferson's conception for the finished version of the house. Drawings and photographs from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s confirm the presence of an earthen ramp.
|Description:||pages 4 : illustrations|
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- Jefferson, Thomas, -- 1743-1826 -- Homes and haunts -- Virginia -- Monticello.
- Jefferson, Thomas, -- 1743-1826 -- Homes and haunts -- Virginia -- Albemarle County.
- Thomas Jefferson Foundation -- History.
- Monticello (Va.) -- Construction.
- Monticello (Va.) -- History -- 19th century.