Travis McDonald lecture attracts large crowd
This past Tuesday night, Travis McDonald delivered a splendid lecture about Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, a villa the President designed as a retreat several miles west of his more famous home, Monticello. The lecture, entitled “Poplar Forest: Thomas Jefferson’s Continued Pursuit of Architectural Happiness ,” attracted over 300 people to the Trustees Theatre in downtown Savannah. The Savannah Morning News ran a wonderful and detailed article last week helping promote the lecture. McDonald analysed the unusual design, the first octagonal house in America, and recounted the lengthy, on-going restoration of the house which is proceeding at the same pace as the original construction. For example, the house stood for five years with bare brick walls inside. The restoration, accordingly, left the restored brick walls exposed for five years.
A video of this lecture will eventually be made available through this website.