Jeffersonian: The Rivanna, #17C
The Jeffersonian style is the creation of our third President, Thomas Jefferson, statesman, political philosopher, author, historian, scientist, planter, an architect who composed verse, an American genius. The Jeffersonian encompasses elements gathered from all of history, selected with taste, composed in reason.
You will find in the Jeffersonian, Roman precedent, Palladian organization, French Bourbon elegance, American eloquence.
of the Roman, the Doric, Ionic, Corinthian; Temple of Gaius and Lucius Caesar (the Maison Carrée);
of Palladio, Villa Almerico Capra (La Rotonda), Villa Badoer (La Badoera), Villa Cornaro;
of French Bourbon, Hôtel de Salm;
of pattern-books, Palladio’s The Four Books of Architecture, Gibb’s Book of Architecture;
the Virginia State Capitol Building, ascended from the Maison Carrée;
Monticello, ascended from the Hôtel de Salm.
A central pediment over a Doric portico, with fanlight.
Low pitched, gabled and hipped roofs.
Three-part temple – central pediment and wings – on a raised foundation.
An entablature of broad white bands.
The tall windows are shuttered.
The skin is red brick, the columns are limestone or treated to resemble limestone.
A distinguishing Jefferson dome, octagon.
Jeffersonian: The Rivanna, #17C, Features
This grand Jeffersonian home features muscular columns, a dome, and a two-story Great Room. The home’s fulcrum is the octagonal Dome Room, alike a Pantheon whose oculus is enjoyed from the dining hall through the second-floor library – from here, storied door friezes lead to other ground-floor rooms. To the right, a Dining Kitchen with a Jeffersonian, bookcase library; to the left, the Master Suite; ahead, the two-story Great Room that features a classically detailed fireplace and six sets of arced, double Jeffersonian doors. The great room is sufficiently large to contain a piano or harpsichord, conversation couches, a reading chair, and dancing—when furniture is set aside. On the second floor there are two private yet spacious bedrooms, suites, really, each enjoying the interesting angles of a high sloped ceiling.
Plan # 17C, 1.11 & 7.1
5,495 Square Footage
11’-6” First Floor Ceiling
3 ½ Bathrooms
Great Room 21’-4” x 30’-0”
Dining Room 21’-4” dia.
Kitchen 12’-8” x 21’-4”
Master Bedroom 12’-8” x 21’-4”
Master Bath 14’-2” x 6’-5”
Bedroom (2) 16’-6” x 17’-8”
Bathroom (2) 8’-4” x 6’-10”
Library 21’-4” dia.
Stair Hall 21’-4” x 9’-9”
open floor plan
main floor bed & bath
main floor laundry
covered front porch
Other house-plans of this series include:
#17A, 3,400 gsf
#17B, 4,200 gsf
#17D, 2,950 gsf
Other Jeffersonian style house-plans include:
#60, The Jefferson, 2,856 gsf
#67, The Charlottesville, 2,676 gsf
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Featured image: Jeffersonian: The Rivanna, #17C. M. Curtis, des.
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