Maryland Blogger: Happy Holidays! - The West Lawn at The University of Virginia

Happy Holidays! - The West Lawn at The University of Virginia

Happy Holidays! - The West Lawn at The University of Virginia 

 

This image, which was provided by the Alumni Association at the University of Virginia, brings back fond memories of my years as a student at The University.  I was there for  undergraduate and law school.  The scene is the West Lawn, facing the Rotunda.  All of this was conceived and designed by Thomas Jefferson.

The cornerstone for the first structure on the West Lawn was laid on October 6, 1817. Jefferson, Madison and Monroe were present.

One of my experiences as a student was a chance to live on the Lawn, at 21 West Lawn which is located on the left side of this photograph.  When you are in Virginia, include a tour of The University in your plans.  You will also want to visit Thomas Jefferson's home at Monticello.

By the way, there are several excellent wineries in the area to add some moments of extra pleasure to your visit.

Enjoy the holidays with your camera in hand.

 

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

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Comment balloon 17 commentsRoy Kelley • December 13 2018 07:53PM

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Such a beautiful campus, Roy. I've seen it... unfortunately, I had graduated from college before UVA accepted women as undergrads.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 2 months ago

Good morning Roy. Beautiful campus, but you drew me in with the wineries. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 2 months ago

Happy Friday Roy! I imagine the campus is quite stunning with so much history supporting it. 

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) 2 months ago

The Lawn in 1856, as etched by J. Serz

The University started with just 196¾ acres in 1817 but had expanded to twice as much space around the time it opened in 1825 to several dozen students and a handful of professors. In contrast to most colleges at the time, Thomas Jefferson designed his University around a library, in the Rotunda, instead of a chapel. The steel engraving above shows the Rotunda and the Lawn in 1856, as etched by J. Serz.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 2 months ago

Using the same perspective as the Serz engraving, Steve Hedberg depicts a broader view of Grounds as it looks today.

The University today encompasses 1,200 acres that straddle the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. This fall, nearly 25,000 students enrolled. This artwork, showing a broader view of Grounds with the same perspective as the Serz engraving, was painted by Virginia Magazine’s creative director, Steve Hedberg.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 2 months ago

Nina Hollander 

It was 1969 when the first woman enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as a first year student. Women have been allowed admission to the graduate and professional schools since 1920. 

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 2 months ago

I love the history and photos Roy. Snow is pretty when you dnt have to shovel it. Have a good Friday

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) 2 months ago

Roy, what a pretty photo, and sure wish we could get some REAL snow.  Have only had 2-3" at a time.  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 2 months ago

Roy Kelley I knew that, Roy, as I graduated from The George Washington University in DC in 1969. I was accepted into UVA's graduate school, but decided to go back to NYC for graduate studies.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 2 months ago

Good morning Roy.  I imagine attending a university that was founded by Thomas Jefferson is very humbling.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 2 months ago

That is a great scene, but definitely looks to be way too cold for me.  I hope that your Friday will be enjoyed!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 2 months ago

Roy,

What a beautiful campus you had during your college years.  Wishing you and Chef a wonderful weekend. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 2 months ago

Campus is not the word usually used at UVA. They call it 'the grounds'.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 2 months ago

Such a beautiful campus - and such fond memories for you.  Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com (Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty) 2 months ago

Second-year student Devin Lucas used pen and ink to create this drawing of the Rotunda.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 2 months ago

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 2 months ago

Make it a habit to post a reblog every day. It is an easy way to pay it forward.

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