Lampkin family becomes Lawnies … again
Jefferson’s intent for Pavilions — as public spaces and learning labs — still going strong
By Jane Ford
Photo by Dan Addison
|Patricia M. Lampkin (standing) teaches a class in her Pavilion III home.
Patricia M. Lampkin, vice president and chief student affairs officer, has a Virginia license plate on the upper shelf of her office that’s imprinted PAV VIII. The memento dates from 1988 to 1992 when, as associate dean of students, she lived in the upper floor apartment of Pavilion VIII. That time holds many happy memories for her and husband Wayne Cozart, who is the Alumni Association’s director of Alumni Affairs.
It’s also where their two children — Colleen and Hayes — were born.
In late July, the family became Lawnies again, taking up residence in Pavilion III, U.Va.’s second oldest faculty residence.
“How many people get to have this experience,” Lampkin said. “If you have this opportunity to live on the Lawn, you need to do it. To do it twice is unbelievable.”
Cozart, whose life dream has been to live in a historically important building, echoes those sentiments.
“Living on the Lawn was the least stressful experience I have ever had,” he said. “When you walk into that historic space, something just allows you to relax. That’s great architecture.”
Before Lampkin and her family moved into Pavilion III, a team including individuals from Facilities Management, the Office of the Architect, as well as conservationists and student interns, took the opportunity to study the pavilion, one of only two that have not been added on to. The original footprint remains intact and allows an appreciation of the relationship between the house and garden as Jefferson conceived it. The structure’s interior, though, has undergone numerous changes. “The investigations showed there are more changes than originally thought,” said Brian Hogg, senior historic preservation planner in the Office of the Architect for the University. ‘We’re looking at the sequence of changes to see how the interior evolved.”
One discovery revealed that the large room on the first floor, originally the classroom, was divided into a number of smaller spaces at one time and that the door that connects it to what was the professor’s study was added. Studies also revealed that the fireplaces have been altered and the brickwork on the building’s rear wall shows that the back porch has been changed.
The aim of the summer’s work was to maintain the building as it is today. In light of that, the decision was made to wax the floors to even out the wear and tear. By not sanding them, they were able to preserve the historic fabric, Hogg said.
Hogg, who came here last December from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, is no stranger to the Lawn, its history and Jefferson’s architecture. He received his undergraduate degree in art history and French here. While a student, he was a University guide, and for a while after graduation, a house guide at Monticello.
The investigation of Pavilion III, the second pavilion constructed, shows Jefferson’s evolution of thought about the design that is invaluable to the ongoing history of the Lawn, he said.
“Jefferson is problem solving as he goes. He learned things as he designed and built the west side, which he applied to the design on the east,” Hogg said.
The family worked with the team to plan how they would use and decorate the pavilion. The family wanted to remain historically faithful to Jeffersonian colors and furnishings but also wanted the rooms to be comfortable by today’s standards. The walls on the main floor were painted the original creamy white color. For her room, Colleen chose a dusty lavender color that was fashionable in Jefferson’s time and was originally used in one of the other pavilions.
“I like the color because it matches the [flowering] bush in the garden outside my window,” she said.
For the master bedroom, the family chose robin’s egg blue, a color they fondly remember from the stairwell when they lived in Pavilion VIII.
In addition to the wall colors and furnishings, the family is adhering to Jefferson’s vision for how the pavilions were to be used — classroom downstairs and faculty living space upstairs. The main floor, one large room in front and a smaller one in back, will be used primarily as teaching space and for entertaining and formal dinners.
“I really consider that public space,” said Lampkin, who is known for her dedication and commitment to students. The space will serve as a classroom for the core student affairs class she teaches in the Curry School of Education and an honors and ethics class she teaches with graduate student assistants. In preparation for the more public use of the main floor, it was wired for presentations and equipped with a large screen TV.
On a typical Tuesday evening this summer before the move, the family often had as many as 50 students in the Leadership 2005 group joining them for dinner. Lampkin said some of the students know their way around her kitchen better than she does. She always encourages them to bring friends, students that she and other students might not know, in an effort to expand community. Lampkin said she and her family will continue those kinds of informal get-togethers. “The Lawn is a place to gather. It’s a place for all students, not just the ones who live there,” she said.
Both Cozart and Lampkin are looking forward to living a pedestrian life. Lampkin’s office is two doors down the colonnade, and Cozart plans to leave his car at Alumni Hall and enjoy the walk up and down the hill each day. Also, the proximity of home and work will allow them more time with their children, now teenagers. “That’s going to be invaluable,” Cozart said.
Colleen, a high school sophomore, has her eyes on exploring the art museum and library at will. Also an avid athlete, she is looking forward to renewing her interest in tennis with the courts just down the hill.
Hayes, a ninth-grader, said he appreciates having the library nearby for school projects and to check out movies.
Noble, their collie, isn’t telling what’s in it for him yet — although with the Lawn for your lawn, what’s not to like?
U.Va. students, faculty and administrators who live in the Pavilions and rooms on the Lawn.
Fourth-year students are chosen to live in the Lawn rooms connecting the pavilions. The Lawn selection committee, composed of 35 students, selects 47 students each spring through a competitive application process based on each student’s scholastic and extracurricular standing through an application process.
Pavilion residents are chosen through a Pavilion Selection Committee composed of the Chair of the Faculty Senate, the current holder of the Grey-Carrington Award (always a student living on the Lawn), a representative designated by the president and the secretary of the board. The committee makes recommendations to the Executive Committee of the Board, which in turn makes the assignment.
Graduate students live on the east and west ranges in the Academical Village. Selection is made though an application process by the Range Council, based on real world contributions and leadership achievement in the applicants’ chosen academic field or profession.
Pavilion I • David W. Breneman, dean of the Curry School of Education
Pavilion II • B. Jeanette Lancaster, dean of the School of Nursing
Pavilion III • Patricia M. Lampkin, vice president and chief student affairs officer
Pavilion IV • Larry J. Sabato, Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics and Director of U.Va.’s Center for Politics
Pavilion V • Gene D. Block, vice president and provost
Pavilion VI • Dr. Robert M. Carey, Harrison Distinguished Professor of Medicine and University Professor
Pavilion VII • Colonnade Club
Pavilion VIII • Second-floor apartment – Sarah E. Turner, associate professor of education • terrace apartment – Gladys E. Saunders, associate professor of French
Pavilion IX • Karen Van Lengen, dean of the School of Architecture
Pavilion X • Carl. P. Zeithaml, dean of the McIntire School of Commerce