In Charlottesville, Virginia, beneath the irregular rhythms of modern student life, there remains a grand expression of the Enlightenment, a philosophy concretized in brick and timber. Garry Wills explores Thomas Jefferson's great achievement, the University of Virginia, as a final, superb expression of the statesman's mind.
Everything in the university's structure was planned to the last detaila meticulous ordering that is both romantic and quixotic. The play of one architectural element into another is meant to reflect the interconnectedness of all knowledge. The stunning result is a place of study that makes one lost world of the 18th century only half lost after all.