Thursday, June 16, 2011

More photos taken at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville

This is another photograph of the Rotunda. Its architect was Thomas Jefferson and he was our third President and the founder of the University. You can read a brief history of the university if you click right here. Also please feel free to enlarge any photo for a more detailed look.

These are various shots taken on our walk on Saturday. Gregg took many of these photographs.
This is Varsity Hall, the Infirmary of the University of Virginia.

There is a plaque on the wall that reads: "Varsity Hall was originally an infirmary, completed in 1858 to care for the victims of typhoid outbreaks that occurred periodically in the university's early years. Architect William A. Pratt incorporated many state-of-the-art features, including a Chilson furnace and an elaborate system of ducts to move air through the wards, both of which survive. The building served as a hospital during the Civil War, and remained an infirmary throughout the 19th century. It is one of the oldest student health facilities in the nation. The building was moved to its current location in 2006, and renovated to house administration offices."
Gregg and I found a lovely shady spot to sit down. We are sitting underneath the sheltering branches of the tree which you can presently see in my header.

These are also Gregg's photographs. He has a great eye for things that I don't generally notice. The top two photographs are walls. He has often said he would like to learn how to build one. The bottom left photo are the slates on a roof and the other is one of the walkways.

This is what I notice! Isn't he just beautiful?

This is Gregg's shot of a medical student making his way to classes perhaps?

Me holding up the wall.

I'm glad Gregg enjoys taking photos, he noticed this very interesting roof design.

Next post I'll be sharing photos taken of the Thomas Jefferson statue in the front of the Rotunda. This sun dial was nearby.

Various scenes around-and-about (our tree again is the first one in line).




This one is the front of The Rotunda, and the Jefferson Statue is just out of sight on the right.

Looking across the road to the St. Paul's Church.




You can just make out the bridal couple from my last post making their way to their old-fashioned limo. The sign next to them reads: "Jame's Monroe's first farm site of the University of Virginia. In 1778 James Monroe purchased an 800-acre farm here to be close to his friend Thomas Jefferson and to establish a law office. In 1799 the Monroe's moved to their new Highland Plantation adjacent to Monticello and sold the first farm. In 1817 the Board of Visitors of Central College purchased 43-3/4 acres of Monroe's old farm, for the Lawn and the ranges of the "academical village" that Jefferson was planning to build with private contributions. On Oct 6 President Monroe with former Presidents Jefferson and Madison, laid the cornerstone for its first building, Pavillion VII. On 25 Jan, 1819, Central College was chartered by the General Assembly as the University of Virginia."

This is the church I also showed yesterday. I don't know its name because there was lots of activity with wedding guests and we didn't want to disturb them.




I spotted a bird sitting on top of the Cross (nothing wrong with my faraway vision apparently). I asked Gregg if he would take a picture of it as I was curious as to what it might be. Still couldn't quite make it out.

Gregg spotted a little cottontail eating his evening supper. It took me a while for my eyes to adjust and we watched him for a while before he saw us and high-tailed it back to the bunny hole.


10 comments:

Lyn said...

What a lovely and interesting post, thank you for sharing.
xxx

Janet said...

Beautiful buildings-I too loved this post !

Jane and Chris said...

What a beautiful place! You seem to have many fabulous places to visit close by.
Jane x

imac said...

Nice collection and a great mixture of photos my friend.

Cloudia said...

He was a genius.

infirmary? imagine the frailty of life then!



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Pauline said...

Beautiful buildings in a beautiful setting. Looks life a great place to visit - and for a wedding!

Susan said...

A beaut place for a ramble. Such gorgeous architecture. I love those windows.
What a nice place for a wedding too.

Valerie said...

Great architecture. I would be really happy wandering round those buildings.

Janie said...

What a beautiful campus! Must be a real treat to go to school there.

Denise said...

Thank you for the lovely comments.