A reassessment of enlightenment architectural thought in Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest: a phenomenological case study

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Christopher Scott Vann (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Stoel Burrowes

Abstract: This case study examines the application of Continental and Neoclassical principals in the architecture of Thomas Jefferson with particular attention to Poplar Forest through an examination of the context of a skylight installed under Thomas Jefferson’s direction. Jefferson’s meaning has come to us in explicit form and is implicit in its very existence. Experientially light interpenetrates the absolute and mundane world of body, architecture and physicality. We may more easily experience this meaning than rationalize it; thus, the durable, tangible presence of the skylight transcends form or function, and fully expresses, as will be demonstrated here, Thomas Jefferson’s intended meaning.

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Language: English
Date: 2019
Historic Preservation, Interior Architecture, Material Culture, Public History
Poplar Forest (Va.)
Jefferson, Thomas, $d 1743-1826 $x Homes and haunts $z Virginia $z Bedford County
Light in architecture

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