Charlottesville Daily Progress

A summer evaluation of the Rotunda’s dome found that University of Virginia officials will be able to repair it, rather than having to rebuild it.

“The good news is that the structure of the dome itself is sound,” University Architect David J. Neuman told UVA’s Board of Visitors on Friday.

The dome, which has taken at least seven forms in the course of its existence, was last renovated in the 1970s.

In recent years, it’s started leaking, threatening to damage the historic structure below, which was erected in the early 19th century, damaged heavily by fire in the late 19th century and then rebuilt.

Money from the state for the roof project, which university officials called the most-critical step in part of a much larger planned renovation for the building, came through unexpectedly in late March. The state ponied up more than $2.5 million for the project, matched by $2 million from UVA.

Workers, including forensic engineers, had peeled away the outer layers of the dome to examine what lay beneath, Neuman said.

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