The dormitories are simple, monk-like cells, Stoic in their austerity. Their distribution around the perimeter of the Lawn is a key part of the notion of the Academical Village. Rather than being conglomerated into a centralized (read: Federalist) structure, the student populace is distributed into the landscape, sandwiched between the terraces of the Lawn and the Gardens to the rear. As the basic social unit of the Village, each dormitory is both singular (each opens directly out to the exterior) and, along with the colonnade and covered walkway, forms part of the overall U-form that binds the entire complex together. Formally, its image is strikingly close to the barchessa of the Palladian villa, the utilitarian wings flanking the main building. The barchessa was also usually colonnaded or arcaded and similarly compartmentalized, serving as sheds for farming equipment. At the Lawn, the single-story structure of the student dormitories likewise places it low in the visual hierarchy, below both the professors’ Pavilions and the Rotunda library. Only the sub-level terrace of the Rotunda along with its “cryptoporticus,” originally meant as gymnasium space during inclement weather, is below the level of the dorms. The symbolism is obvious: with the body/physique as the foundation and knowledge at the pinnacle, one ascends through various degrees of learning. The two single dorms at the south terminus of the Lawn, however, are more complex in their significative role. By placing the repeatable dorm units at the end, rather than punctuating it with the more emphatic Pavilions, Jefferson signified that the Lawn was infinitely extensible – in concept, at least. The steep slope downwards to the south made it physically impractical, while the fact that those lands were not University-owned created other problems. Nevertheless, the strong association Jefferson made between knowldege and freedom suggested that he intended the influence of the University to expand well beyond the borders of its locality, as a building block in the “empire of liberty” he envisioned.