think I'm stalking them or something).Oh, well! Anyway, I'm not planning on re-creating the room exactly as shown--but I do love the proportions of the space and the beautiful details of the mill work and moldings.
This room is a bit controversial in historic preservation circles because when the house was "rediscovered" in the 1930's --all falling down and in near ruin-- the home underwent a restoration. It was at this time that the Palladian screen was added to the room based on marks left on the floor where columns may (or may not) have been originally placed. I guess they also beefed up the crown moldings at that time. Other changes were made to the home as well: two matching out-buildings, or dependencies, were built flanking the main house and connected by underground passageways. (Jefferson utilized this feature in many of his buildings). So there has been a lot of cat-fighting and wringing of hands as to how "pure" the house stands today as a work of Thomas Jefferson.
Personally, I think the changes are not only in the spirit of Jefferson, but they make the home more livable. The building is not very large to begin with and the dependencies provide a garage and guest house. And this home, after all, is not a museum --people are living in it. Bathrooms and kitchens are rather nice to have on hand when you don't have slaves to empty your chamberpot!
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