Posts Tagged ‘Jefferson’

Chateau Rastignac

A tale of two White Houses

The South Portico of the White House bears a striking resemblance to the  façade of the Château de Rastignac (above) in south-western France. Now is this a coincidence? Let us look at a brief chronology of these two buildings: Late 1780s: the Marquis de Rastignac makes (now lost) plans for the construction of a new château […]



The Hemingses of Monticello, by Annette Gordon-Reed

I had heard of this book through Elena at Tea at Trianon and wanted to order it, when I happened upon a piece by the author in The Root, titled Sally Hemings and me. Professor Gordon-Reed, who teaches law at New York Law School and history at Rutgers University, writes: It was particularly fascinating to […]