Thomas Jefferson was unquestionably America's greatest amateur architect, and Certainly Monticello, whose West Front is depicted here, is its most beautiful house--amateur or professional. Thomas Jefferson Foundation

Thomas Jefferson was unquestionably America's greatest amateur architect, and Certainly Monticello, whose West Front is depicted here, is its most beautiful house--amateur or professional. Thomas Jefferson Foundation

Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's architectural masterpiece and beloved mountaintop home.  (www.monticello.org)

Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's architectural masterpiece and beloved mountaintop home. (www.monticello.org)

Mount Vernon Adults $17; Kids $8  Allow 3 hours for visit...arrive 45 minutes before scheduled to get into line to walk around

Mount Vernon Adults $17; Kids $8 Allow 3 hours for visit...arrive 45 minutes before scheduled to get into line to walk around

This is a neoclassical house because it has symmetrical shapes and tall colomns that rise the full height of the building .

This is a neoclassical house because it has symmetrical shapes and tall colomns that rise the full height of the building .

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