For more than eighty years, the Garden Club of Virginia has celebrated the return of spring with its annual Historic Garden Week, showcasing the most beautiful plots and properties across the state. One of the loveliest stops on the tour takes place in Charlottesville, hometown of the University of Virginia (UVA).
UVA’s current president, Teresa Sullivan, makes her home in the elegant dwelling known as Carr’s Hill, just as seven past head administrators have done before her. Built in 1906, the Colonial Revival–style brick structure features twin chimneys, a slate-covered hipped roof, and a pedimented portico with Doric columns. Below: Designed by Joseph Dufour in 1814, the dining room’s Paris-sourced wallpaper features a number of monuments found in the City of Lights and offers a striking backdrop for gatherings in the mansion. Reflecting a sophisticated yet comfortable ambiance, French doors open to the garden—the perfect place to enjoy the botanical wonders of the season.