What For Art Thou Rotunda?

Published:June 23, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe

The following anecdote appeared in the New Yorker on this day in 1956, under the header, “Purpose”:

On a tour through the University of Virginia not long ago, some friends of ours were ushered into the famous Jeffersonian Rotunda by an elderly guide. “Formerly, this was used as the University library,” the guide pointed out.

“What is it used for now?” one of our friends inquired.

“Well, sir,” said the guide, “right now it’s being used as a rotunda.”

IMAGE: Restoration Ball in the Rotunda by Ed Rosenberry (1965)