Rotunda Work is Coming Along
We received a note earlier this month from Amy Yancey, the executive director for development at the Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative, with an update on the work on the Rotunda. Amy’s note is dated March 13, so undoubtedly more progress has been made in the 12 days since, but it gives a nice overview of where we stand.
This month, major work on the roof and drum of the building continued. Copper sheeting began going up on the roof steps and dome. Installation of the new skylight should begin within the next two weeks. Work also continues on the masonry, cornices, and windows. The scaffolding has been enclosed to allow masonry work to continue through cold weather without delays. We expect the bulk of the current phase to be complete this spring or early summer.
The Commonwealth recently passed a budget that includes $24.1 million for the Rotunda. If the Governor approves the budget, it brings the total commitment from the state to $26.8 million, with the understanding that the University must raise the balance from private sources. Success will allow us to move forward with the full-scale renovation, including work on the capitals, porticos, terraces, marble stairs, and arcades; renovation of the Rotunda’s interior and infrastructure to make the building more suitable for enhanced student and academic use; and restoration of the surrounding historic courtyards and landscapes.
The goal is to have the scaffolding off the building before Finals Weekend. But this is only phase I; there is more work yet to be done.
Amy also sent along a link to a very nice video explaining the entire project, which is embedded below. Of course, her job is to raise money for the project, so there is a little fundraising pitch at the end. But it’s a soft sell (if you’re so inclined, click here), and the video explains things very well.
FYI, UVA Today’s Matt Kelly will have an article on historic preservation on Grounds later this week.