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Watts Hall

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1896, Charles H. Read, Jr. 3401 Brook Rd.
  • Watts Hall (Virginia Division of Historic Resources)

This wildly exuberant Tudor pastiche in warm red brick with sandstone trim was designed by Charles H. Read, Jr., the son of a prominent local Presbyterian pastor and graduate of the University of Virginia. The influence of Jefferson's Lawn is evident in Read's placement of the institutional buildings: Watts Hall sits at the head of a grassy quadrangle, while faculty and student housing line the greensward. Read left the east end of the lawn open, just as Jefferson had done. (In both places, however, buildings would later enclose these spaces.) However, Read departed from Jefferson in a number of ways. He positioned his faculty homes to look outward from the lawn to face the outside world, symbolic of Read's idea of how ministers should approach their work. He also separated the faculty homes, which face Westwood Avenue, from the student dormitories, such as Richmond Hall, on the other side of the campus.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Watts Hall", [Richmond, 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, 282-282.

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