• Exterior of the UVA Rotunda

    The Rotunda at the University of Virginia

  • UVA Rotunda

    The Rotunda at the University of Virginia - Restoration of Historic Chandelier

  • UVA Rotunda

    The Rotunda at the University of Virginia - Restoration of Historic Pendant & Chandelier

  • Historic Chandelier in Upper West Oval Room

    The Rotunda at the University of Virginia - Restoration of Historic Chandelier

The Rotunda at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Architect: John G. Waite Associates, Architects

Award: 2019 Palladio Award: Commercial Restoration & Renovation

The project consisted of carefully disassembling the brass fixtures, stripping the finish to bare metal, cleaning, and restoring the brass to a polished finish...

Designed by Thomas Jefferson, The Rotunda at the University of Virginia is the focal point of the UVA Academical Village. Beginning in 2012, the UVA Rotunda underwent a comprehensive restoration and renovation under the direction of architect of record, John G. Waite Associates.

Crenshaw Lighting was selected to restore several fixture types, including historic two-tier brass chandeliers, brass pendants, and globe pendants. The project consisted of carefully disassembling the brass fixtures, stripping the finish to bare metal, cleaning, and restoring the brass to a polished finish before applying a UV-stable clear coat. In some cases, the fixtures needed to be straightened and/or repaired from years of deterioration. Additionally, Crenshaw was tasked with creating historically accurate replications to match existing fixture types. All electrical parts, including sockets, connectors, fasteners, and wiring, were replaced and a new UL listing was required.