October 30, 2007
UVa is planning on renovating the Rotunda for at least $40 million.
The work may take more than six years and cost at least $40
million. An architectural consultant firm in New York is helping the
school figure out how to repair and authentically renovate Thomas
Jefferson's masterpiece, which was completed in 1826.
University officials say the company's report examines almost every aspect of the Rotunda's history, including the major renovations to Jefferson's design after the fire of 1895 and the restoration in 1976.
University architect David Neuman calls the Rotunda "U.Va. history encapsulated in one building."
Currently, the building is used for board of visitors meetings and ceremonial events and dinners. Administrative offices are located in the wings.
University officials say they'd like to make it more accessible to the students and the public.
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