University of Virginia


Charlottesville, Virginia

After two terms as president, Thomas Jefferson returned to Charlottesville, and founded the University of Virginia. His “academical village,” included ten two-story Pavilions, five on each side of a lawn which served as a foreground for the Rotunda. Professors lived on the upper stories with their classrooms below. Single story student rooms connected them. The spaces behind each pavilion, defined by serpentine brick walls, separated the buildings on the Lawn from additional rooms on the “Range”. The Garden Club of Virginia created gardens in these spaces in the 1950s. They include plants Jefferson would have known, and their design reflects garden styles popular during his lifetime. Recent work upgraded drainage systems and planting in the gardens of Pavilions III and VI.