of Pavilion VII, the oldest building in the Academical Village,
began in the fall of 1998 and is scheduled to be completed in the
coming year. The pavilion is the sixth to be restored and is by
far the largest and most complex project undertaken since the University
began its historic preservation program in 1984. Encompassing the
original Jeffersonian structure, an addition dating from the mid-1800s,
and a much larger section built early in this century to provide
overnight accommodations for visitors, the project goes beyond bricks
and mortar. It also takes in the pavilions garden, service
yard, side alley, and furnishings.
The West Lawn
pavilion rivals the Rotunda in the richness of its history and its
day-to-day public use. When its cornerstone was laid in 1817, three
United States presidents took part in the ceremony: James Monroe,
James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson. Pavilion VII served as the
Universitys first library until the Rotunda was completed
in 1826 and was known as the Old Library through much of the nineteenth
century. Since 1907, it has housed the Colonnade Club, a faculty
and alumni organization.
scope of the Pavilion VII restoration presents opportunities as
well challenges. The Jeffersonian portions of the building will
serve as the Universitys version of Blair House, in Washington,
D.C., providing elegant quarters for visiting faculty and guests,
as well as prime meeting space for the University community. Mr.
Jeffersons university is a destination for many distinguished
visitors, ranging from heads of state to leaders in the business
world, the arts, and academe. Pavilion VIIs original bedroom
and sitting room will serve as a guest suite where eminent visitors
can experience life on the Lawn.
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