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Travis McDonald lecture attracts large crowd

January 21, 2010

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.

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  1. Kyle Bromley permalink
    January 28, 2010 9:14 pm

    You have a few misspellings in the article above; you say McDonald analysed, when its suppose to be spelled analyzed. Another one is where it states the house which is proceding at the same pace, proceding is spelled proceeding with two e’s. Thought I would mention this to whomever the author is because this is on the web and is looked down upon to the viewer.

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  2. rwilliams permalink*
    January 28, 2010 10:43 pm

    Thank you for the feedback. I’ve corrected the “proceding” spelling error, as you note. The other word that you mention — analysed — is spelt here in the Canadian/British manner to which I am accustomed as a native Canadian. Thank you for visiting our department’s website/blog. — RW

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