Grant to help U.Va. develop historical
By Lee Graves
venerable does not always mean being valuable. At an institution
such as U.Va., which has some of the most venerated architecture
in the United States, separating the two can be difficult. With
a building boom under way, the University increasingly faces questions
about the academic value of buildings that have stood for generations.
thanks to a $170,000 grant from the Getty Grant Program, a historic
preservation master plan will be developed to enable University
officials to evaluate more than 100 sites on Grounds. Income from
an endowment to the University by Hunter and Carl Smith will supplement
the Getty grant.
extremely grateful to the Getty Grant Program for providing the
funding for this comprehensive study, said Mary V. Hughes,
U.Va.s landscape architect. There was a tremendous
amount of competition for this grant money.
President John T. Casteen III noted that the grant comes at a
time when the Universitys architectural landscape is undergoing
dramatic changes. How it eventually unfolds will depend
as much on how we understand our past as it does on how we interpret
it into a vision for the future, he said. The Getty
grant will help us to focus on our rich architectural heritage
and ways to keep it current.
is precisely the intent of the grant, which is part of Gettys
Campus Heritage initiative. The preservation plan will provide
both an inventory and assessments of the historical significance
of buildings and landscapes that are at least 40 years old. It
will document and evaluate defining features and materials of
the sites, and provide recommendations for their preservation
and use as part of the overall master plan for the University.
need to have a sense of preservation goals in order to make good
planning decisions in the future, Hughes said.
Academical Village area of the Grounds has been named a World
Heritage Site by UNESCO, but there are numerous other prominent
historic sites that have not been systematically evaluated.
project is expected to be completed in December 2004.
professionals will do the bulk of the work, students, including
an interdisciplinary team of graduate students from the School
of Architecture, already are playing a significant role.
will be applying what they learn in class, Hughes said.
Well be fulfilling Jeffersons dream of making
the University an architectural classroom.
Reilly, chairwoman of the Department of Architectural History
at U.Va., said, This grant will provide an unparalleled
opportunity for our students to apply the knowledge they are gaining
in their courses directly to an application similar to those they
will encounter in their careers after completing their degrees.
Smiths gift, a matching grant of $250,000 given in 1988,
reflects their longtime interest both in the University and in