The Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative

Restoring the Jeffersonian Grounds

The Academical Village at the University of Virginia is one of the most iconic architectural sites in America, but time, constant use and the elements have left the Grounds in need of a full renovation and repair. The University plans to restore the Grounds and ensure that the Jeffersonian Grounds remains true to the University’s original, central purpose to engage, connect, and inspire students and faculty, learners and scholars.

The priorities for the Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative include:

Renovating the Rotunda - Visit the Rotunda page to learn more about the renovation.

Renovating the Pavilions - The Pavilions house University faculty who live side by side with our Lawn students, preserving Jefferson’s original intention to create an “Academical Village”. Read about the Pavilion X renovation.

Conserving our Historic Gardens and Landscapes - The historic Pavilion gardens, Lawn, alleys and associated landscapes of the Jeffersonian Grounds serve as parks and contemplative space for all U.Va. students, faculty and staff as well as to visitors the Grounds.

Restoring the Lawn and Range - One distinction of the University of Virginia remains the Jeffersonian community of students on the Lawn and Range. Daily life is hard on 200 year old buildings.  Read about current work on the West Range roofs.

Restoring the Hotels - The Hotels of the Range once housed merchants who served the early University communities and served as their dining halls. Today they house important U.Va. student services, classrooms and even residents. Check the Hotel A Historic Structure Report.

Repairing the Colonnades - Years of accumulated paint have trapped moisture and threaten the integrity of the supporting columns, which still house original Jeffersonian brick. The West Colonnade from Pavilion IX to V is next to be restored.

Building the Endowment - Changes in funding and priorities over time have led to a backlog of repairs to our most treasured buildings. By building our endowment, we protect our current investment and ensure that we can steward these historic structures in the future. Learn more.

Other important priorities for the Jeffersonian Grounds include conducting archaeological studies, conserving architectural artifacts, and increasing students’ daily use of the Rotunda.