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A panoramic view of Monroe Hill


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The foundation and walls made of brick, the roof made of standing seam metal. Done in a number of styles including early republic, early classical revival, and greek revival which can be seen on the main house. “Monroe Hill is a complex of buildings that include the main house, the James Monroe law office, and two arcaded ranges constructed as student rooms. The complex is situated on McCormick Road and overlooks the University of Virginia grounds.”  Monroe Hill predates the Academical Village by more than twenty years, including a law office and house built by James Monroe in 1790 after he bought the land two years earlier. The Board of Visitors of Central College (the University’s predecessor) purchased Monroe Hill and its buildings shortly after their 1817 purchase of the land on which the Academical Village now stands. The first new buildings constructed on the land after Jefferson’s death including the two rows of student rooms at Monroe Hill in 1848, and in 1986, the University established Brown College, the first residential college at the Monroe Hill location.  Received by the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society on February 23, 1995 from the sister of the photographer, Miss Evelina Magruder, in a two volume collection of photos, known as the Alaville Magruder Collection.


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