In Jefferson's Shadow

The Architecture of Thomas R. Blackburn

by Bryan Clark Green ’89 (Princeton Architectural Press)


The notebooks and drawings of Thomas Blackburn (1795–1867) offer a view of the varied life of an architect who trained under Thomas Jefferson. This lavishly illustrated volume follows the career of the carpenter as he begins work on the University of Virginia, goes on to design houses for Jefferson’s friends, then moves to larger projects.

“The architecture of Thomas Blackburn, and the influence he wielded on those around him, are perhaps the clearest example of Thomas Jefferson’s successful attempt to reform the architecture of Virginia,” the author notes.

(March 2007)