Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Jefferson's wall

This lovely brick serpentine wall (lower photo) is part of the gardens of the Burton Craige House in the Washington Park area of Winston-Salem. The house dates from 1860, but the gardens were designed by Thomas Sears in 1928-29, around the same time as the grounds of Reynolda House and Graylyn. The serpentine wall is a replica of Thomas Jefferson's wall at the University of Virginia. It seems unlikely that conservation of bricks was on Sears' mind, as was purportedly the case with Jefferson! The upper photo is the original, photographed in 1952.

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