Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village at U.Va
Few have been as influential in the founding and the design of an academic institution as Thomas Jefferson was at the University of Virginia. His "Academical Village" was intended to become a community of students and faculty living and studying within an architecturally unified space. At the heart of this space, surrounded by buildings designed by Jefferson himself, is the Lawn. Framing the Lawn are ten pavilions representing each of the academic disciplines as conceptualized by Jefferson. At the north end is the world-famous Rotunda building, a half-scale model of the Pantheon. At the southern end are three structures designed by noted architect Sanford White. Internationally recognized as an architectural masterpiece, the Academical Village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.