The Range

The Range is part of the original grounds of the University of Virginia as designed by Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. The Range buildings run parallel to and face away from the Lawn, and are separated from the Lawn by a series of ten gardens (five per side).

There are six "hotels" on the Range, three on each side. Originally used as dining facilities, the hotels today fill a variety of purposes, including administrative office space, home of The Virginia Quarterly Review, home to the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, and a reception hall.

The Range rooms serve as graduate student housing. They are furnished identically to undergraduate Lawn rooms. Previous well-known Range residents include Edgar Allan Poe (13 West Range) and Woodrow Wilson (31 West Range). During his residence in 13 West Range, Poe allegedly etched his initials into a pane of window glass – a pane that has since been shattered. Visitors to the West Range can peer inside Poe's room, which is furnished in the style of his era and maintained by the Raven Society, and listen to a brief recording that describes Poe's time at the University. A glass doorway preserves the historic quality of the room. Thirteen West Range is open to the public once each year during Garden Week.

The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity was founded in 47 West Range on March 1 1868.

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