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Thomas Jefferson's Anatomical Theatre

Model of Anatomical Theatre

This three-dimensional model recreates the Anatomical Theatre, a building designed by Thomas Jefferson and built as part of the University of Virginia in 1825–1826. Ira L. Fuller created this architectural rendering in 1969 for Dr. Chalmers L. Gemmill, a professor of pharmacology at the university's medical school.

Citation: University of Virginia Visual History Collection, RG-30/1/10.011, prints21206. Historical Collections & Services, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Ira L. Full

Created: 1969

Medium: Architectural model

Courtesy of University of Virginia Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

Interior of Anatomical Theatre

The roof of a three-dimensional model of the Anatomical Theatre, a building that once stood on the grounds of the University of Virginia, has been removed to reveal the top floor, which contained an octagonal surgical theatre used for lectures. The original building, designed by Thomas Jefferson and built in 1825–1826, was used for anatomy instruction and the storage of cadavers. The building was razed in 1939, the only Jefferson-designed building torn down at the university. 

Ira L. Fuller created this architectural rendering in 1969 for Dr. Chalmers L. Gemmill, a professor of pharmacology at the university's medical school.

Citation: University of Virginia Visual History Collection, RG-30/1/10.011, prints21209. Historical Collections & Services, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Ira L. Full

Created: 1969

Medium: Architectural model

Courtesy of University of Virginia Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

Anatomical Theatre Bricks

These bricks were used in the construction of the Anatomical Theatre on the grounds of the University of Virginia. The building, designed by Thomas Jefferson and built in 1825–1826 by enslaved laborers, was used for anatomy instruction and the storage of cadavers. The structure was renovated in subsequent decades and eventually razed in 1939, the only Jefferson-designed building at the university to suffer that fate.

Original Author: Emily Bowden, photographer

Created: Twenty-first century

Medium: Bricks

Courtesy of Historical Collections, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, Charlottesville, Va.

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  • Model of Anatomical Theatre

    This three-dimensional model recreates the Anatomical Theatre, a building designed by Thomas Jefferson and built as part of the University of Virginia in 1825–1826. Ira L. Fuller created this architectural rendering in 1969 for Dr. Chalmers L. Gemmill, a professor of pharmacology at the university's medical school.

    Citation: University of Virginia Visual History Collection, RG-30/1/10.011, prints21206. Historical Collections & Services, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Ira L. Full

    Created: 1969

    Medium: Architectural model

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

  • Interior of Anatomical Theatre

    The roof of a three-dimensional model of the Anatomical Theatre, a building that once stood on the grounds of the University of Virginia, has been removed to reveal the top floor, which contained an octagonal surgical theatre used for lectures. The original building, designed by Thomas Jefferson and built in 1825–1826, was used for anatomy instruction and the storage of cadavers. The building was razed in 1939, the only Jefferson-designed building torn down at the university. 

    Ira L. Fuller created this architectural rendering in 1969 for Dr. Chalmers L. Gemmill, a professor of pharmacology at the university's medical school.

    Citation: University of Virginia Visual History Collection, RG-30/1/10.011, prints21209. Historical Collections & Services, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Ira L. Full

    Created: 1969

    Medium: Architectural model

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

  • Anatomical Theatre Bricks

    These bricks were used in the construction of the Anatomical Theatre on the grounds of the University of Virginia. The building, designed by Thomas Jefferson and built in 1825–1826 by enslaved laborers, was used for anatomy instruction and the storage of cadavers. The structure was renovated in subsequent decades and eventually razed in 1939, the only Jefferson-designed building at the university to suffer that fate.

    Original Author: Emily Bowden, photographer

    Created: Twenty-first century

    Medium: Bricks

    Courtesy of Historical Collections, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, Charlottesville, Va.