Madison's Temple - Montpelier Station VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member La de Boheme
N 38° 13.178 W 078° 10.082
17S E 747919 N 4233976
Quick Description: The gazebo James Madison built on the front lawn of his home is now a symbol for Montpelier.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 4/23/2010 7:52:11 PM
Waymark Code: WM8NEC
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member scrambler390
Views: 7

Long Description:
Mr. Madison's Temple was built over a 2-story ice well in the early 1800s on the front lawn of James and Dolley Madison's home, Montpelier. This majestic gazebo was placed on the left side of the mansion, so guests could view it from the north roof of the home. It was designed to reflect the classical architecture of ancient Rome. William Thornton, who was the architect of the nation's Capitol, drew up the original sketch.

Its construction began with the excavation for the ice well, a hole that was 24' deep and lined with bricks. The structure was built on top. It had brick pillars which were then covered with stucco to resemble marble columns.

Originally the gazebo had a entrance to the ice well at the base, but the grade of the property is higher than in Madison's day and the entrance is buried. Access is through a sealed trapdoor in the floor.

The structure was a cool place in the summer since it was over a icehouse. It is said that James intended to use it for a study, but never did.

Today, Madison's Temple is used as a symbol for Montpelier.

Reference: montpelier.org - Mr. Madison's TempleClick for related link to open in separate window.

Seating Type: No Seating

Location: North front lawn of Montpelier

Materials Used: Other (Describe Below)

Other Material Used: Brick, stucco

Visit Instructions:
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