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Pavilion III

Date(s) of Work: c. 1984, 1993 & 1997

Pavilion III was the second pavilion to receive major attention under the comprehensive Academical Village restoration program. Work conducted in 1984 constituted major renovation of the entire building, with some issues deferred to future revisits, probably coinciding with occupancy changes. Due to funding limitations a few major issues, such as complete rebuilding of the electrical system were deferred. The work of 1997 was reconstruction of the front balcony.
The formal series of historic structure reports did not begin until 1987. The primary dilemma at Pavilion III concerned the radical changes begun in the early 20th century, with installation of indoor plumbing. At that time or perhaps before, a unique feature was removed – a perimeter corridor at the northeast corner of the second floor, surrounding a small room that directly abutted the original stair vestibule and the major front room to the south. Evidence in floor planking showed that the small room had no windows, only doors opposite windows in the perimeter corridor. The present newer hallway, which is centrally placed, obscures the fact that a fireplace that was part of the central chimney mass served the small room. Also, a second bathroom was installed atop the second-floor stair landing, thus eliminating the view to the west and considerably reducing natural light for the stair. For the present, these extant 20th-century changes were left in place and remodeled, even though the opportunity to recreate a clearer image of the unusual early conditions was tantalizing. Limited funding played some role in this decision, but the greater concern was the ability to accommodate present-day families reasonably. Since Pavilion III is one of only two pavilions not to have expanded by addition, it has few options for placement of features such as bathrooms. Any location within the Jeffersonian portion of these buildings is unfortunate. Perhaps future, more extensive work at Pavilion III can address this problem anew.


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