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Founding father Thomas Jefferson began planning his famous plantation home when he was only 26 years old. Although heavily influenced by the Italian Renaissance style, he also added many of his own ideas to Monticello’s design. Jefferson continued to remodel and rebuild Monticello for the rest of his life, but the stately home fell into disrepair before his death in 1826. Uriah Levy, a Navy commodore who greatly admired Jefferson, bought Monticello in 1834 and began the work of reconstructing the home, a task that now falls to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns the historic property.
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