Southeast Piazza (Greenhouse)

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Southeast Piazza
Southeast Piazza

Dimensions: 21' 7"x 12' 4"; ceiling 11' 7 3/4"

Color: White

Purpose of Room: Greenhouse for growing plants; location of Thomas Jefferson's workbench, where he is known to have made locks and chains; possibly home to a pet mockingbird

Unusual architectural features: Part of Jefferson's suite of private rooms that included his book room, writing office (Cabinet), and bedroom. Flanked by two "venetian porches"

Furnishings of note: work table and tools, as well as flowers, seeds, and flats for sprouting see

Primary Source References

1807 November 11. (Ann Cary Randolph Bankhead to Jefferson). "Ellen and myself have a fine parcel of little Orange trees from the green house against your return."[1]

1808 January 22. (Ann Cary Randolph Bankhead to Jefferson). "I have not been to Monticello since we cane from there but Jefferson was there the other day and says that the green house is not done."[2]

1808 December 8. (Ann Cary Randolph Bankhead to Jefferson). "In fact the Mimosa Nilotica and Orange are the only things I have ever proposed to have in my Green house."[3]

1816 November 10. (Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph). "Tell Wormley also to send...about a bushel of Orchard grass seed out of the large box in the Green house."[4]

1829 October 7. (Virginia Jefferson Randolph Trist to Nicholas Philip Trist). "By the way, you never answered my inquiries about...the box of unpacked books in the greenhouse..."[5]

1828 August 10. (Mary Jefferson Randolph) to Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge). "Then we have the sitting room adjoining in which two more can be comfortably lodged, and the green house a very convenient little appendage to our bed chambers."[6]


  1. Family Letters, 314.
  2. Ibid, 323.
  3. Ibid, 369.
  4. Ibid, 416.
  5. Nicholas Philip Trist Papers. University of North Carolina.
  6. University of Virginia.