Southwest Portico [ View Interactive Version ]
The Southwest, or Garden, Portico opens from the Parlor to Monticello's West Lawn. Together with its crowing dome, the portico is one of the most recognizable features of the house's exterior and, for the majority of the last seventy years, has been depicted on the reverse of the United States Nickel. Apart from its decorative aspect, the portico was also an extension of the house's living space. At one point Jefferson sketched designs for blinds that could fold down between columns of the portico to create a shaded area protected from the rays of the afternoon sun.