A recent renovation at the University of Virginia found something behind a wall that sounds kind of weird: a chemistry lab. Even more intriguing, however, is who they think designed it.
A chemical hearth found inside the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. (Dan Addison/ University of Virginia)
An ongoing two-year renovation of the University of Virginia’s Rotunda has revealed a chemical lab designed by Thomas Jefferson that dates from the 19th century.
Workers uncovered the early science classroom behind a wall on Monday, according to the university.
The room was sealed in one of the lower-floor walls of the iconic Rotunda in the mid-1840s and protected from a fire in 1895 that destroyed much of the building’s interior.
The classroom sounds fascinating, with workstations carved into the stone. The fact that it was behind a door just makes it that much cooler.
The find may be the most complete discovery of chemical education from that era.
Luckily, workers found it rather than some of the students. Especially ones who think “Breaking Bad” is a heck of a way to pay for college.