Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative

Saving the Rotunda

The Rotunda was partially renovated once, almost 40 years ago. It has been more than 108 years since it was rebuilt by McKim, Mead and White. Time and the elements have left the building and associated grounds in need of extensive repairs.

The University seeks your support to help with the $50.6 million cost to restore, repair and renovate this iconic building and make it a vital center of daily academic activity for students and faculty. With the Commonwealth of Virginia’s $26.8 million match and just over $11 million raised, we are only $7.8 million from our goal.

Last summer we replaced the roof and restored the masonry and windows on the drum of the building. The next phase, which will last two years, begins in May 2014 and includes:

  • Complete structural and infrastructural renovation
  • Increased classroom, study, lecture and ceremonial use
  • Replacement of the marble column capitals
  • Repair of the terraces and marble stairs
  • Historic landscapes around the Rotunda
  • New visitor interpretive center
  • Renovation of the Dome Room

For more information on the Rotunda renovation, please visit: http://rotunda.virginia.edu/

Walker McKusick on the Rotunda Renovation Video Icon

Walker McKusick offers a student's view of the Rotunda and the current renovation.

Inviting Students to Use the Rotunda

State Contributes $26.8 Million

In May 2013, Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell approved the General Assembly’s 2013 budget, which includes capital project funding for the Rotunda’s renovation.

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Contact

Amy Yancey
Telephone: 434.924.7750
Email: ayancey@virginia.edu
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