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McGuffey Art Center (McGuffey School)

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McGuffey School
1915–1916, Ferguson, Calrow, and Taylor. 201 2nd St. NW (corner of Market St.)
  • (Photograph by Patricia Lynette Searl)
  • (Photograph by Patricia Lynette Searl)

This suitably impressive Colonial Revival school building is named for the famous author of the series of school readers, who taught at the university. The lead designer of the building, R. E. Lee Taylor, practiced in Norfolk but did a great deal of work in Charlottesville. In the early 1970s it was converted into artists' studios and galleries, which are open to the public.

The group of linked, pitched-roofed contemporary town houses on the hill behind are the McGuffey Hill Condominiums (1981, Frank Folsom Smith), 203–311 2nd Street NW, designed by one of the members of the Sarasota (Florida) School who was a former partner of Paul Rudolph.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "McGuffey Art Center (McGuffey School)", [Charlottesville, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 146-146.

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