Every year or so I manage the trip to Charlottesville, VA to visit Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. It is a most remarkable place and I always find something new to admire. One of my favorite pieces is actually his standing desk located in the Visitor Center. It is TJ’s standing/adaptable/tall desk for reading or drawing. The following captions are from the official web Monticello web site:


One of the more interesting pieces of furniture owned by Jefferson is this tall, adaptable desk for reading or drawing.


The view from the other side is also similar.


The angle of the top, hinged at the front, can be adjusted with a ratchet stand.


Here you can see the sawtooth track for the lid’s support.


A closeup view of the latching mechanism.


A bail handle pulls forward the front of the desk to reveal a flat, lined writing surface.


Side view of the pullout drawer. Could be storage below.


Supported by six legs, the desk has mostly replacement Chinese fretwork brackets beneath the skirt.


The straight legs sit on casters.


A view of the uncommented upon stretcher.

The full and official description of the desk lives HERE.

The desk is believed to have been built between 1770 and 1785 and there is no indication that Mr. Jefferson took any part in the design or building of the desk. He just owned and used it.

Still, it’s an interesting and historic desk.

While visiting friends in Baltimore this past December, it was recommended that we visit the Homewood Museum on the Johns Hopkins University campus .

Homewood was built from 1801-06 for Charles Carroll, Jr., the only son of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The elder Carroll financed the project as a wedding gift to his son upon his marriage to Harriet Chew of Philadelphia.


The museum/mansion as it exists today.

Although the original furnishings were scattered, we were told that this desk was in house when the Carroll family lived there.


Another six-legged desk with a pullout drawer.

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Only on this desk the adjustable writing surface is on the pullout drawer.


And this desk seems to have drawers. 

Take note that the forward drawers are false drawers. The rear drawers may be real but I wasn’t allowed to explore.

I do wonder if the pullout drawers were made as space saving device?