Backstory and Context
Rouss Hall originally was originally the Physical Laboratory. It is named for the principal donor, Charles Broadway Rouss, a New York City merchant. Rouss opened in 1898 following the Rotunda fire of 1895 which gutted the structure and its Annex. The Neo-Classical Revival building was designed by Sanford White of the architectural firm McKim, Mead and White. In 2005, a major renovation effort of Rouss Hall began. The project added the 132,000-square-foot Robertson Hall, creating a 156,00-square-foot academic complex at the southern end of Jefferson's historic lawn.
The renovations, completed in 2007, were largely financed by John A. Griffin (COMM '85), who suggested a name for the adjoining structure. Robertson Hall, therefore, is named to honor financier Julian H. Robertson Jr. and his wife, Josie. In order to complete the project, the 150-year-old Varsity Hall had to be moved 185 downhill from its original site. Robertson was designed by Hartman-Cox Architects to serve as high-tech academic spaces for interdisciplinary study. Of particular note is the building's "green roof," the first of its kind at U.Va.
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Rouss Hall in 2012; image by Joel Pattison - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21366930.
Rouss Hall in 2010; image by TorsteinFagroed - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31492091.
Rouss Hall symbols; image by Timothy Jarrett - Flickr: Order of the Claw and Dagger, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13270175.