Thomas Jefferson was a passionate student of architecture whose designs are among the
most influential in the early history of the United States. As a student at the College of William and Mary he
purchased his first book on the subject and later assembled one of the largest libraries on architecture in America. He was particularly influenced by the classical
style of Andrea Palladio, who emphasized symmetry, proportion, and the use of
columns. These principles then came to define the . . .
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