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Professor Peter Onuf explains Jefferson's plan to create the state university that he envisioned sprouting up in Charlottesville.

Capital Improvements

A close look at the preparations for phase two of the Rotunda renovation project.

U.Va. Rotunda renovations: stewardship of World Heritage Site enters second phase

Renovations to the University of Virginia’s historic Rotunda are entering a critical new phase that will bring U.Va.’s iconic centerpiece into the 21st century

The James A.D. Cox Distinguished Lectureship in Architecture

James Cox came to the University of Virginia from England as a visiting professor of design in the School of Architecture from 1961-62. While he was there, he took

The Mystery of Brooks Hall

Learn the hidden stories behind one of U.Va.'s most unusual places.


Historic preservation architects know that historical drawings of the Lawn don't always match the physical evidence.

What’s New on Grounds

The curtain rises on the new Ruth Caplin Theatre and the essential McCormick Road Bridge is replaced.

Beyond the Names

The stories of the men and women behind the dorm names on Grounds.

Saving Sulgrave Manor

Three alumni work to preserve George Washington's ancestral home.

Inclement weather leads to unique distinction for Class of 2013

A Roof With a View

University photographer Dan Addison captured pictures of the new Rotunda roof and oculus during renovations.

Five Quirks Around Grounds

1. The Rotunda’s bulletproof clock face Replaced after the 1895 fire, the face was designed to be bulletproof because students had used the original clock face for target practice.<

The Celestial Dome

Thomas Jefferson envisioned the Rotunda dome room not as a library but as a planetarium for teaching astronomy.

Building a Better University

Workers stand on the Rotunda roof, where the first phase of a major renovation project is underway (see feature story). In other corners of the University, another

Monster Mash

U.Va. students construct life-sized moving monsters with the help of Hollywood special-effects artists.

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