The White House is of definite Palladian style thanks to Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), third President of the United States of America.
Architect and politician, Jefferson considered the writings of Palladio (the great Italian Renaissance architect) “his Bible”. When in 1792 a competition was held to design the President’s residence in Washington, Jefferson participates but doesn’t win. A few years later Jefferson, who is now President of the United States of America, will modify the White House building, giving it a true Palladian mark, including the portico with colonnade and wings to the side.
Not only American architecture owes much to Palladio, but also Italy and particularly Veneto where the many villas designed by the great Renaissance architect have been declared World Heritage Sites. The Palladian style inspired the architecture of the most important historical Venetian residences for centuries.
Today some of the most beautiful Palladian villas are for sale in Veneto. It’s the case of the sixteenth-century Palladian style villa (http://www.lionard.com/
Another magnificent neoclassical Palladian villa near Vicenza, built in 1764, on a previous sixteenth-century building, is for sale (http://www.lionard.com/villa-
“These villas are part of the Italian heritage and, as Dimitri Corti, founder of Lionard says, these properties have been in the same families for generations. However in recent years, high maintenance and taxes have induced the owners to consider the opportunity to sell. A tax reduction, Corti continues, would decisively reignite the internal market. Today only foreigners are buying Italian historic estates.”
Still in the province of Vicenza, a beautiful villa of Palladian inspiration, attributed to the architect Antonio Pizzocaro, is for sale (http://www.lionard.com/
Building once destined for rural service (Barchessa), from which it takes its name, this villa for sale near Padoa, was built between the end of the sixteenth and early seventeenth century. After a period of neglect, the villa was purchased by the current owners who have recently renovated it (http://www.lionard.com/
This is a monumental Palladian style villa for sale in Belluno with over 50 rooms tastefully decorated, for a total of 3,960 square meters of internal surface (http://www.lionard.com/
Also the villa, built between the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century, near Vicenza features a barn (http://www.lionard.com/