Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative

The Historic Lawn at UVA

Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative

Support UVA's comprehensive endeavor to restore, renovate, and renew the Academical Village.

OVERVIEW

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 is restoring the Grounds to 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.

PRIORITIES

Gifts to the Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative support the Historic Buildings and Grounds Fund, the Jeffersonian Restoration Endowment, and other areas of the Academical Village.

  • Restoring the Lawn and Range
    The University of Virginia remains an Academical Village of students and faculty on the Lawn and Range. Daily life is hard on 200-year-old buildings. Ongoing repairs are needed to secure their structural integrity. Efforts include repairing the colonnade columns and fixing water damage from leaking roofs.
  • The Memorial to Enslaved Laborers
    The Memorial to Enslaved Laborers will acknowledge and honor the 4,000 or more enslaved individuals who built and maintained UVA during its early years. Gifts and commitments of any amount are matched 1:1 for the memorial’s construction through December 31, 2019. 
  • 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 students, faculty, and staff as well as visitors to Grounds.
  • 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. Other important priorities for the Jeffersonian Grounds include conducting archaeological studies, conserving architectural artifacts, and increasing students’ daily use of the Rotunda.