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University of Virginia Rotunda

University of Virginia
Charlottesville VA United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Finished1826
Floor Count2
Building Uses
 - museum
 - conference
 - university
Structural Types
 - lowrise
 - dome
Architectural Style
 - classical
Materials
 - brick

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof77 ft
77 feet

Description
Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US president and founder of the University of Virginia, designed this building based on the Pantheon in Rome. The scale of the building was reduced to two thirds that of the Pantheon to fit in with the rest of the campus.

Originally built as the library and lecture halls, the growing university got a new library in 1938, and today the Rotunda is used for exhibitions and as meeting space.

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