Not an House but a Village

View of the University of Virginia in Henry Howe, Historical Collections of Virginia, Charleston: Babcock, 1852.
View of the University of Virginia in Henry Howe, Historical Collections of Virginia, Charleston: Babcock, 1852.

Large houses are always ugly, inconvenient, exposed to the accident of fire, and bad in cases of infection. A plain small house for the school & lodging of each professor is best. These connected by covered ways out of which the rooms of the students should open would be best. These may then be built only as they shall be wanting. In fact, an University should not be an house but a village.

Thos. Jefferson to Littleton Waller Tazewell, 5 January 1805.