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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

George Washington, First Architect

While Thomas Jefferson is often praised for his architectural contributions at Monticello and the University of Virginia, George Washington also valued architecture as a unique expression of his identity.

This may be why Washington’s home at Mt. Vernon is considered the most copied house in the nation. Not only the man, but his home has come to symbolize the enduring quality of the republic. Today, you will find Mt. Vernon’s stunning two-story porch on banks, restaurants, motels, as well as many private residences.

A replica was built at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and Franklin D. Roosevelt asked that elements of Mt. Vernon be incorporated in the new Washington National Airport (now Reagan National Airport) in 1939. For more on Washington’s love of architecture and design, see the online exhibit, George Washington Architect, on Mt. Vernon’s Web site.

As part of the library’s All Fairfax Reads initiative and the selection of His Excellency: George Washington, there are several events planned at Mount Vernon in September, including an early American marketplace and sightseeing cruises; a visit from the “Godspeed,” the ship that brought the first settlers to Jamestown; and music, readings and a ceremony at the Slave Memorial. For details, see the library's Web site.

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