The Conference Hotel and Meeting Site
The conference will be hosted at the Omni, a four-star hotel in downtown Charlottesville. (212 Ridge McIntire Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903) A suite of rooms have been reserved for conference participants. (To take advantage of the conference discount, make your hotel reservation by May 20 through the Omni's CLFV 2016 reservation page.) For those not booked at the Omni, parking is available at the hotel. The hotel sits at one end of the historic Charlottesville Downtown Mall, a pedestrian mall sited in the old center of the city. It is an easy 1.0 mile (1.6 km) walk from the University of Virginia. The Downtown Mall has 120 shops and 30 restaurants housed in the historic buildings on either side of old Main Street. Amusements include several theaters, an ice park, and a children's museum. A free trolley service connects the Downtown Mall to the University of Virginia, the Amtrak station and the Greyhound bus station, as well as a suite of hotels in between.
The banquet will be held Tuesday evening at the Colonnade Club on the historic lawn of the campus of the University of Virginia. Buses will take you to the from the Omni hotel to the Colonnade Club. They will leave at 5:30 pm sharp from the CAT stop on Water St. (To see where to catch the bus near the Omni, click here. If you miss the bus you can catch the Trolley at the same place and it will take to the same stops for the Colonnade Club. For a map of the Lawn and Colonnade Club, click here). To get back to the Omni you will have to either walk, or take the trolley. (For a trolley map and schedule, click here.) Note that there is no parking at the Colonnade Club. However, for parking at the University of Virginia see the following map.
The Club is housed in Pavilion VII, the oldest building on the Lawn as well as the only pavilion that does not serve as a faculty residence. The cornerstone was laid on October 6, 1817, by President James Monroe during a Masonic ceremony that ex-presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison attended. The scene was particularly significant for Jefferson because he had designed the brick pavilion that became the first structure in his "Academical Village." Once the smallest pavilion on The Lawn, it is now the largest, having had two additions built on it: one begun in 1855 and another in 1913.