University of Virginia

South Lawn

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Riggs Ward Design collaborated with the University of Virginia to design wayside interpretive panels and indoor exhibits for the new South Lawn addition. Riggs Ward provided the Foster Historic Site, an adjacent public garden, with interpretive exhibits and signage describing archeological findings from the site and the history of free black property owner Catherine Foster, her family, and the Charlottesville community. A shadow catcher pavilion allows visitors to link the visible with the unseen: as it pulls the eyes upward to the sky, it also creates a shadowy, grid like outline of the Foster house that once stood at that specific location.


University of Virginia


Charlottesville, Virginia

Our Role

Exhibition Design
Graphic Design

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