Original Author: Wilson Brothers & Co., Civil Engineers & Architects
Created: September 28, 1882
Medium: Architectural blueprint
Original Blueprint of Leander McCormick Observatory
This 1882 architectural blueprint shows the exterior walls, floor plan, and entryway into the Leander McCormick Observatory at the University of Virginia. The observatory, which was dedicated in 1885, housed a refractor telescope that was then the second largest in the world. Leander McCormick—the Virginia-born son of Robert McCormick Jr. who helped revolutionize agriculture with his invention of a mechanical reaper—donated $78,000 (nearly three million dollars in 2021 currency) to build the observatory.
Citation: Leander McCormick Observatory Papers, 1870-1928, RG-6/8/5.071, Special
Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, VA