By Hugh Howard
Homes OF THE PRESIDENTS deals a special journey of the homes and day by day lives of America's presidents, from George Washington's time to the current. writer Hugh Howard weaves jointly own, presidential, and architectural histories to make clear the best way our leader executives lived. unique images by way of Roger Straus III brings the homes and furniture fantastically to existence. From Jefferson's Monticello to Reagan's Rancho del Cielo, with interesting and superb stops among and past, homes OF THE PRESIDENTS offers a desirable substitute background of the yank presidency.
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That it had an interest and charm, which the heads and hands,” he understood how unique, valuable, and possi- conversation of few men now living, could have. He spoke of scenes bly controversial were his detailed notes from the 1787 gathering in which he himself had acted a conspicuous part and of great men, we now call the Constitutional Convention. ” The Madisons and their guests dined at four o’clock, and Mrs. The last of the most essential Founding Fathers, holding court Smith reported Mr.
Closeted in the second-ﬂoor library in his father’s house, he house, topped by a hip roof. It was the largest dwelling in Orange spent countless hours reading widely on the topic of government County, Virginia. Standing atop a raised basement, the house fea- (one year he read four hundred books). His syllabus, which included tured two pairs of rooms on the main ﬂoor that ﬂanked a central many volumes sent to him by Jefferson from Paris, approached the passage, with ﬁve rooms on the upper level.
But his visits to Poplar Forest offered the now-famous “phy- A JOURNEY TO POPLAR FOREST losopher” an opportunity to escape, as he himself put it, the “stream of strangers” who came to Charlottesville. Countless uninvited visi- One of John Hemmings’s projects was a carriage, a landau he built tors wanted an audience with the Sage of Monticello (and, typically, to Jefferson’s speciﬁcations. Tired of such intrusions, Jefferson wright, constructed the vehicle with facing seats. ” blacksmith, fabricated the ironwork, and Burwell painted it.