Faces of the Rotunda Renovation

Special people are needed to renovate a special place. The University of Virginia’s iconic Rotunda, designed by University founder Thomas Jefferson and later re-envisioned by famous American architect Stanford White, has been undergoing an extensive renovation and restoration that’s approaching its conclusion this summer.

Behind the project’s scaffolding and construction fencing, a number of highly trained and specialized artisans and craftspeople from the University and beyond have been hard at work on the many intricate details required for the renovation of a nearly 200-year-old building that, with the rest of the Academical Village, is on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.

The range of these projects spans from careful work restoring a plaster eagle on the front portico to designing new student spaces to make sure the Rotunda remains at the heart of the University’s academic mission.

Meet a few of the many artisans and craftspeople behind the work and learn more about their specialized projects and the skills required to complete them.

Media Contact

Matt Kelly

Office of University Communications