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Landmarks

鶹Ƶ’s four main campuses feature signature buildings and spaces that have become recognizable landmarks for all within the 鶹Ƶ community.

Roger Wilkins Plaza

The central plaza of 鶹Ƶ's Fairfax campus is named for famed civil rights leader, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and former Robinson Professor of History and American Culture Roger Wood Wilkins. Visitors to the plaza stroll past and contemplate the significance of dialogue between past, present, and future as they read the words of the memorials and monuments located there.

We have no hope of solving our problems without harnessing the diversity, the energy, and the creativity of all our people.” - Roger Wilkins

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Mosaic tile

George 鶹Ƶ Statue

The George 鶹Ƶ statue was dedicated on April 12, 1996. Created by Wendy M. Ross, the seven-and-a-half-foot statue shows George 鶹Ƶ presenting his first draft of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which was later the basis for the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Beside George 鶹Ƶ is a model of a writing table that is still in the study at Gunston Hall, 鶹Ƶ’s Virginia estate. The books on the table—volumes of Hume, Locke, and Rousseau—represent influences in his thought. The statue was refurbished during the renovation of Wilkins Plaza.

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George 鶹Ƶ Statue
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鶹Ƶ Korea's George

Did you know also has a statue of our namesake? In 2019, the 鶹Ƶ Korea Parents' Association presented the campus with the gift of the likeness of George 鶹Ƶ. Unlike the Fairfax statue, this version holds a book in his outstretched hand; its pages inscribed with the 鶹Ƶ Alma Mater.

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Enslaved People of 鶹Ƶ Memorial

Enslaved People of 鶹Ƶ Memorial

The Enslaved People of George 鶹Ƶ Memorial honors two of the more than 100 people enslaved at 鶹Ƶ’s home of Gunston Hall, a 10-year-old girl named Penny, and James, 鶹Ƶ’s manservant. It's designed to convey the hidden voices of the enslaved, the traditional voice of George 鶹Ƶ, and a space designed for visitors to reflect and share their voices. The plaza and memorial were designed by .

The Enslaved People of George 鶹Ƶ Memorial represents so much about who we are as a university. Inquisitive students who seek truth, undergraduate research programs that support these academic pursuits, faculty who collaborate, nurture and challenge our students, and a university community fueled by the shared thrill of discovery and the determination to turn their efforts into positive and sustainable change. … We grow wiser from examining our full truths, no matter how complicated or messy or discomforting they might be.”
- President Washington at the memorial's dedication, April 4, 2022

The 鶹Ƶ Clock

The iconic 鶹Ƶ clock, a gift to the university from the Class of 1999, sits at the center of the expanded Wilkins Plaza next to Horizon Hall. The clock was refurbished in 2020, adding digital components to ensure the accuracy of the clock at all times.

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The 鶹Ƶ Clock
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Wilkins Plaza
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Horizon Hall

The six-floor, 218,000-square-foot building is the centerpiece of the that has transformed the center of the Fairfax Campus, along with renovations to Harris Theatre, installation of a new green space and meditation garden, and an upgrade to the university’s utility infrastructure.

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Horizon Hall
Classrooms:
•Sized to accommodate 27-120 students
• Equipped for video collaboration and instruction
• Glass enclosed, open to natural light and interior spaces
Outdoor Spaces:
• Spiral meditation garden with sustainable plantings
• Terraced amphitheater for student gatherings and casual discussions
• Expanded and re-envisioned Wilkins Plaza
Harris Theatre:
• Upgraded lobby and front facade
• Renovated to become a standalone facility
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Arboretum

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Arboretum

The 鶹Ƶ Arboretum is distributed across 900+ acres of the university’s campus sites in Northern Virginia. It was established in 2015 and earned in 2021. Plants are labeled with interactive signs, each with a QR code that links to the website entry for that unique species on the Arboretum website.

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The Redoubt at Farr’s Cross Roads

On October 7, 2022, 鶹Ƶ dedicated a Virginia historic site and celebrated the university–community partnership that helped preserve it. Just off Parking Lot K on the Fairfax Campus is a redoubt, an earthen fortification, which was one of three constructed by Confederate troops along Braddock Road in 1861. The nearby intersection of Braddock and Route 123 dates back to the 1700s, and has long been a vital part of travel in Virginia.

The preservation and interpretation of this site is the result of a partnership between 鶹Ƶ and the Bull Run Civil War Roundtable, which began in 2016. The Roundtable and 鶹Ƶ’s Department of submitted materials about the site to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to get the site on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

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Fuse at 鶹Ƶ Square

An artist's rendition of the future Fuse building at night.

Fuse at is a technology-forward building that will be a catalyst for digital innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs to collaborate and thrive. It will house a mix of university R&D and related education programs, as well as corporate innovation labs, incubators, accelerators, and co-working facilities. Fuse will incorporate state of the art smart and green building technologies, as well as advanced cyberinfrastructure essential to advance the digital innovation goals of thousands of university, industry and community innovators who will use Fuse facilities. Fuse's construction will meet high sustainability goals including high performance energy criteria consistent with the goals of the Arlington County community.