Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative

Join the U200

The Rotunda is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. The Commonwealth of Virginia has committed more than half of the cost of the project—now alumni, friends, and foundations are helping the University raise the balance.

The University 200, or U200, is a community of alumni, parents, and friends who share a commitment to this once-in-a-lifetime renovation of the Rotunda. By joining the U200, you join a group of like-minded individuals who care deeply about preserving the Rotunda as an iconic symbol of the University and as an architectural manifestation of Thomas Jefferson’s vision for higher education.

Be a Part of the Rotunda’s Future

U200 members resolve to make a gift or commitment that will help complete the Rotunda project. Each U200 member who pledges support of at least $100,000 over the next five years to fund the Rotunda’s renovation will be permanently recognized on a prominent plaque in the Rotunda. Many individuals, families, and friends have already come together, proving that there is strength in numbers. With our goal in sight, the time to join is now!

A Milestone in the Making

Beyond the scaffolding, hard hats, and perimeter fencing, the Rotunda’s transformation continues.

Most visible are the ten pristine capitals recently placed on the south portico columns. Carved in Carrara, Italy, they are sparkling re-creations of the originals commissioned by Thomas Jefferson that were destroyed in the 1895 fire. After the fire, New York architect Stanford White was enlisted to rebuild the Rotunda. He replaced the capitals, which in time eroded significantly.
To make the newest capitals, the Carrara team made laser scans of surviving pieces of the original capitals. They combined the scans with sketches and photos of the originals to create templates for the new columns. Skilled craftsmen then handled the intricate finish work. The new capitals—each weighing about 6,300 pounds—have been painstakingly installed.

The two-year renovation is on schedule to be completed in the summer of 2016.

Take Action Now

Your commitment now will preserve the Rotunda for future generations. Generous donations from U200 members played a key role in this part of the Rotunda project and will continue to be important in the future. Please join the U200 today.

For more information about making a gift, please contact Amy Yancey, executive director for development, Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative, at 434-924-7750 or

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Amy Yancey
Telephone: (434) 924-7750
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