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March 13, 2020

Architecture is my delight.” Thomas Jefferson

“..You can scour Jefferson’s letters or other writings and you won’t find this quote anywhere. It is attributed Jefferson by Margaret Bayard Smith in her novel, A Winter in Washington.

The house was in an unfinished state, and when Mr. Seymour observed it, Mr. Jefferson replied, “and I hope it will remain so during my life, as architecture is my delight, and putting up, and pulling down, one of my favourite amusements.”

The statement was repeated by B. L. Rayner in a biography of Jefferson from 1832.

Anyone visiting Monticello, the Virginia State Capitol Building, or the University of Virginia Grounds can see that design and architecture were not only Jefferson delights, but natural skills as well.