The Lawn, anchored at the north end by the Rotunda, still looks and functions much as it did in Jefferson's era--as a vital community organized around learning.
The original Lawn is built in three terraces, which drop 18 feet over the Lawn's 255 feet in length. Each side of the lawn has five pavilions and a number of student rooms located between them. Along each side runs a one-story Tuscan colonnade that Jefferson modeled on the colonnade at the White House.
The Lawn's ten pavilions are each unique. Jefferson wanted the buildings to do triple duty--besides functioning as classrooms and faculty living quarters, each embodies classical design features that make it a fitting subject for architectural study.
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