UVA Workers Unearth Early Thomas Jefferson Chemistry Lab
While updating the University of Virginia's rotunda, workers discovered a rare 19th century chemical hearth that was designed by Thomas Jefferson.By Grant Suneson | October 15, 2015
The lab had some features you'd find in any chemistry lab to this day, including heat sources and a ventilation system.
But the space was abandoned in the 1840s so a more advanced chemistry lab could be built to keep up with the advance of technology. It was bricked up and forgotten about until now.
But that brick may have inadvertently saved the historical laboratory. The solid exterior prevented it from being destroyed by a fire in 1895 and shielded it from renovations in the 1970s.