Prior to the formation of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation had various small library collections tucked away in offices, conference rooms, and hallways. Under the leadership of then-Foundation President Daniel P. Jordan, along with the Board of Trustees, the need for a central research library was recognized, and a master plan was devised for “a center for Jefferson study.” In 1992, the TJF arranged with the University of Virginia to lease a property adjacent to Monticello called Kenwood, recently willed to the University by Frances Watson. Hartman-Cox Architects of Washington, D.C. was hired to design a state-of-the-art library building, and construction began on September 15, 2000. The library was dedicated on Jefferson’s birthday, April 13, 2002. In 2003, the Jefferson Library received the prestigious American Institute of Architects / American Library Association prize for the design by Warren J. Cox, Partner at Hartman-Cox.