U. of Virginia Plans a Renovation for Jefferson's Rotunda

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Thomas Jefferson’s Rotunda — a half-scale Roman Pantheon in red brick that is almost certainly the most famous university building in the United States — is in line for a renovation intended to give it a larger role in students’ daily lives, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The university has hired a preservation-planning firm, John G. Waite Associates, to study the building, which was last renovated three decades ago. The firm has produced a 700-page report, which the university has not released. Among other things, the report considers how much of Jefferson’s original building survived an 1895 fire and the subsequent remodeling by the architect Stanford White, of the New York firm McKim, Mead and White.

The renovation, which may bring regular classes back to the building, could take six years and cost at least $40-million.

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