Rotunda Finally Invites Charlottesville Inside

The University of Virginia’s acclaimed Rotunda reopened this Saturday after nearly two and a half years of renovations, much to the delight of students and community members alike.

Photo courtesy Charlotte Scharfenberg
Photo courtesy Charlotte Scharfenberg

Since the spring of 2014, the Rotunda has been closed to the public. Architects, masons, and woodworkers repaired the roof of the dome and the oculus, chiseled new features inside, and carved out railings and finishing touches. The Rotunda’s famous clock was restored and three levels of student study spaces were added.

The traditional purpose of the Rotunda, to be a space of community, inspired the new updates. Inside, professors can teach classes, Dome Room Dinners can resume for first-years, and students can find a spot to read and learn in a place of such great historical significance to their University.

“The Rotunda was really nice,” said first-year Tucker Colerick, “I had never seen it before and getting to go this Saturday on game day made it even more fun.”

Colerick noted that the Rotunda attracted families and townies, as well as students. People of all different backgrounds and ages connected.

“I think it was exciting for the whole community,” said Colerick, and indeed, it was.

The renovated Rotunda is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm. Students can take advantage of quiet study hours every Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday from 5 to 10 pm.


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