The University of Virginia has received yet another world-wide ranking in the eyes of Forbes Magazine; it is amongst their list of most beautiful college campuses in the world.
From the Forbes website;
Thomas Jefferson said his proudest achievement was creating this campus in 1819. Jefferson believed that real learning could only happen in an “academical village” setting, and toward that end, he designed the campus around an imposing rotunda with a great lawn at its feet and 10 neo-classical pavilions (classrooms) lining the green. Professors’ quarters were directly above the classrooms, so that discussions–and learning–could happen organically and freely. The Lawn is considered one of the great architectural achievements of the 19th century, symbolizing the harmony between professor and student and university and landscape. Today the university also features major architectural works by McKim, Mead & White, Michael Graves and Billie Tsien.
It doesn’t hurt to live in a town that is influenced by this history and architecture throughout, and it’s always such a pleasure to see homes in our area that reflect the Jeffersonian design and architecture that defines Charlottesville!
Do you have a home that you think mirrors this style and extends this beautiful architecture out beyond the University? If so, we’d love to post some photos!