The Rotunda at University of Virginia

University of Virginia



Ballou Justice Upton completed the restoration of Thomas Jefferson’s Rotunda as closely as possible to its original appearance, and adapted it to serve as a functional part of the University. A fire gutted the Rotunda in 1895, and the reconstruction by the architect at that time deviated greatly from the original design. Consequently, the job of determining what was original and what had been changed after 1895 was complicated. Fortunately, Jefferson left a complete set of drawings and specifications that helped to reconstruct the original details.