The Colonnade Club
UVA Bicentennial Celebratory Program for 2015-2020 

An ad hoc Club committee has been planning events beginning in 2015 through 2020 to recognize the formal founding of the University of Virginia. In addition to the Club’s traditional Cornerstone Celebration, two or three additional Bicentennial events will occur each year. The aim is to engage the membership and the broader community in our Club’s celebration while working in concert with the University.

October 2016 Lecture: “Slaves and Slavery in the Academical Village” by Professor Kirt Von Daacke

The Colonnade Club was honored to host guest lecturer Dr. Kirt von Daacke, co-chair of the UVA President’s Commission on Slavery and the University, as well as published author of Freedom Has a Face: Race, Identity, and Community in Jefferson’s Albemarle. Dr. von Daacke’s research centers upon social constructions of race, community social hierarchies, and identity in eighteenth and nineteenth century America. His lecture covered the complex racial dynamics that were in play during the earliest years of the University.

You can find more information on the President’s Commision on Slavery on their website. A Visitor’s Guide on slavery at the university can be found here.

October 2016 Cornerstone Commemoration
Our featured speaker Leslie Greene Bowman, President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, celebrated the University’s prestigious heritage with us at our Cornerstone Commemoration.

Thomas Jefferson’s dream was for the University of Virginia to be one of the United States’ best Leslie Bowmaninstitutes of higher education. Two centuries and one UNESCO World Heritage Site later, UVA has exceeded his expectations. The Colonnade Club is proud to call Jefferson’s beloved Lawn, and the first-ever pavilion, our home. The laying of Pavilion VII’s cornerstone was attended by no less than three U.S. presidents: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe.

May 2016 Event: New Cornerstone for the University
In February, the students of the School of Architecture at UVa presented on the potential of a new cornerstone and ceremony to commemorate the bicentennial of the first cornerstone for the University.

Alexander Kitchin and his students presented again on this exciting project and how it has progressed since their last discussion in February. Currently adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, Alexander teaches a design process that investigates the character inherent in materials and how the process of making informs the spaces we design. His studios are part of the Design Thinking Concentration with an emphasis on community engagement and on the skills inherent in the architect’s critical thinking approach. His research includes a hands-on approach to architecture through the active fabrication shop. He has taught, visited and lectured at schools across the country and abroad in architectural design, fabrication, theory, and photography.

April 2016 Event: Thomas Jefferson in Paris: Concert & Reception
The evening started with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres Parisian style in company of Bill Barker as Thomas Jefferson, followed by a 60 minute violin and harpsichord performance by David Sariti and Jonathan Schakel. It included works for violin and harpsichord, and harpsichord alone, with all the music either from Jefferson’s collection or what he might have heard while he lived in Paris between 1784-1789. Composers included Viotti, the Italian violin virtuoso who was in Paris at the time, Claude Balbastre, who was Martha’s harpsichord teacher, and others.

February 2016 Event: New Cornerstone for the University

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Alexander Kitchin

The students of the School of Architecture at UVa, in collaboration with the Colonnade Club, are exploring the potential of a new cornerstone and ceremony to commemorate the bicentennial of the first cornerstone for the University. Alexander Kitchin explained this fascinating project and his work on the investigation of the timeless and intimate relationships between materials, spaces and people. Currently adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, Alexander teaches a design process that investigates the character inherent in materials and how the process of making informs the spaces we design. His studios are part of the Design Thinking Concentration with an emphasis on community engagement and on the skills inherent in the architect’s critical thinking approach. His research includes a hands-on approach to architecture through the active fabrication shop. He has taught, visited and lectured at schools across the country and abroad in architectural design, fabrication, theory, and photography.

Kickoff Event: Thomas Jefferson Retirement Series

November 12, 2015

Guest Speaker: J. Jefferson Looney
Editor, Thomas Jefferson Papers, Retirement Years
Academy to College to University: The Pre-History of the University of Virginia
This was inaugural event of the five year Program, led by esteemed guest speaker. J. Jefferson Looney, PhD, Editor of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson, The Retirement Series. Mr. Looney described activities of Mr. Jefferson and events that culminated in the Academical Village and the founding of the University of Virginia.