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