Detail of 1856 lithograph by Casimir Bohn showing part of West Range and Hotel E. Image courtesy of UVA Library

“The famous Bohn print … shows some sort of parapet or balustrade along the West Range roofs. We are always a little leery of drawings from the time, due to artistic license, and we need to check for actual physical evidence.”

—James D.W. Zehmer (Arch ’02), UVA historic preservation project manager, on the discovery of physical evidence of low parapet walls or a balustrade that ran along the eaves of the West Range roofs. Among evidence discovered during the replacement of the 180-year-old slate roofs were square holes in some of the slate on Hotel E, added to allow the shingles to slide over the original metal support brackets.