Over the last thirty years, the Medical Alumni Association has operated out of several locations on and around the grounds.
On April 25, 1998, the Medical Alumni Association, in large part through the generosity of MacRoy Gasque, MD ’44 and his wife Georgia, acquired the “Vowles House” on West Main Street in Charlottesville.
The John Vowles House was built in 1824 and is thought to be the oldest building on West Main Street. The site is considered to be one of Charlottesville’s finest surviving examples of Federal domestic architecture. The first of these townhouses was most likely built by James Dinsmore, one of the craftsmen recruited by Thomas Jefferson to work on the University of Virginia. The second townhouse was built for John Vowles, a merchant and proprietor of the Eagle Hotel, the main hotel in Charlottesville at the time. The Vowles Townhouses represent a unique pair among the few remaining buildings of their type in Charlottesville.
The property, a registered historic landmark, is one of the few remaining properties of its kind in Charlottesville. The house is located within walking distance of the Medical School, the Health Sciences Library, and University’s historic Corner district.
The Foundation for the Future campaign is currently underway to raise funds for the building. Unique naming opportunities also exist within the Headquarters. These funds are designated to support current building maintenance and upkeep, as well as provide opportunities for future property expansion and upgrades.
The University of Virginia Medical Alumni Association relies on support from alumni and friends to continue to maintain and renovate our Headquarters. For a limited time, inscribed bricks are available to donors to the Foundation for the Future campaign. Contributions to this campaign go towards the building fund which allows the Association to maintain and upgrade our extraordinary historic building and property.
Two styles of bricks are available: Standard bricks and larger bricks made of Indiana Limestone. All bricks purchased may be inscribed, and each will be laid in a beautiful patio behind the main building at 1111 West Main Street in Charlottesville.
Your brick may be inscribed with your name and class year, or it may serve as a memorial in honor of a family member or someone from the School of Medicine who made a difference in your life. Your gift will truly leave a lasting impression on the Medical Alumni Association.