Architectural Plans for Montpelier
This 1808 drawing shows the elevation and plan of Montpelier, the home of James Madison in Orange County. James Dinsmore, one of Thomas Jefferson's master builders, possibly made this drawing and then sent it to the third president while he was at Monticello. The drawing was folded and the reverse side used as an envelope that reads, "The President of the United States Monticello." Jefferson provided advice for several additions to Montpelier, and his workmen probably executed the architectural renderings.
This drawing is part of a set of architectural plans compiled by Thomas R. Blackburn, an architect and builder who initially worked as a carpenter on the West Range of the University of Virginia.