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Brooks Hall, a striking 19th century Victorian Gothic structure. It is located immediately adjacent to the historic core of the University (Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda and Academical Village). Brooks Hall is also home to the Kevin Barry Perdue Archive of Traditional Culture and the Archaeological Laboratory.
The Department of Anthropology at the University of Virginia is located in a distinctive three story, Victorian/Gothic structure known as Brooks Hall. Brooks Hall is situated immediately to the northeast of Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda and Academical Village and stands in marked architectural contrast to the classical design of the historical core of the Univesity. Originally built as the Brooks Museum of Natural History, the names of natural historians and mysterious carved animal heads adorn its exterior walls. Brooks Hall has long been a curious and, at times, controversial, element in the changing cultural and architectural landscape of the University. This paper examines the social and historical context in which the Brooks Museum was established and given as a gift to the University in the late nineteenth century.