|Rotunda at University of Virginia|
Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia, is just a short drive from Waynesboro. We went over there Sunday afternoon to stroll through the Museum of Art and to visit the original grounds of the University. This was a good time to go as it is between academic sessions and there were very few students on campus. We were even able to get a parking space close to where we wanted to be.
|One of the Pavilions|
|The Dome Room served as the library|
The Rotunda served as classrooms and meeting spaces for faculty and students. The third floor of the Rotunda, or the Dome Room, was the library. The Pavilions, ten in all, were faculty housing. They are each of a different architectural design and are located at intervals between student rooms. This is consistent with Jefferson’s belief that a strong interaction between faculty and student created a superior learning environment. Today, student and faculty still live together on the lawn and the Rotunda is used much as Jefferson had dreamed. Rooms on the Lawn are highly sought after by students even though they lack some of our modern day conveniences, such as indoor plumbing. Generally, they are awarded to fourth-year students who have “made a significant contribution to University life”.
|Student Rooms between the Pavilions|
|The walkway beside the Rotunda|
Jefferson also designed decorative spaces for gardens by using curved walls. Whether they were for vegetable gardens or flower gardens is unclear.
This original area of Jefferson’s design is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
|The Rotunda from the lawn|