When the owner of this historic property at Rose Hill near Fredericksburg finished renovation to the main house, he turned his attention to his brood of 50+ Birmingham Roller pigeons. Collaborating with Charlottesville landscape architect William Rieley, himself a student of Thomas Jefferson’s architectural designs, Alexander Nicholson constructed this classical 12.5’x12.5’ pavilion for the birds based on Jefferson’s design. Jefferson intended to build a dovecote at Monticello, but never got around to it. Each bird has its own “apartment” under the wooden stepped roof of the structure.
Read more about the dovecote here: http://gardenandgun.com/articles/thomas-jeffersons-birdhouse/