Another sort of beauty

September 15, 2021


Lakes, greenery, and Gothic architecture take center stage whenever the University of Richmond earns another honor as one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses. (Most recently, No. 1 on The Princeton Review’s 2021 Best Colleges “Most Beautiful Campus” list.)

The support spaces of campus offer a different kind of beauty than you’ll see in brochures, on websites, and on admission tours. Their lines and textures are the physical foundation on which our excellence is built.

Photography by Jamie Betts
One of the biology department’s two greenhouses in the Gottwald Center for the Sciences.
It’s very calming to be in there. ... it feels like it’s just you in there with the plants.
Liz Narwold, '21

in a 2017 Collegian interview

Pages of the herbarium, a collection of plant specimens.
Equipment in the server farm under Millhiser Memorial Gymnasium, now part of the Queally Athletics Center.
Photos here and at the top of this article feature UR’s steam plant, one of the original campus buildings. It operates 24/7 every day of the year. Just above, boiler mechanic Chris Weaver at work in the metal shop.
Most of the sound is directed down, but when people are here and they're fired up, it can be pretty loud.
Rich McDonald

Events technician

The catwalks high above center court in the Robins Center contain structural elements, HVAC, and equipment for operating the scoreboards and sound system. The catwalks are also used by marketing and facilities staff during games when they drop promotional items into the crowd.