The Senff Gates bordering "The Corner," ca. 1920s
Photograph of the Senff Gates bordering “The Corner,” ca. 1920s A.J. Weed, photographer University Archives (RG-30/1/3.913)
Following Manning’s recommendations, Alderman hired Lincoln Memorial architect Henry Bacon to design a new University entrance. By 1914, schools across the country were building new entrances, Charlottesville was expanding westward towards the University, and the automobile had introduced a new set of problems for accessing the Academical Village. Bacon’s two brick arches separated pedestrian and vehicular traffic, while inscriptions gestured to the University’s legendary honor code. Alderman said that the gates represented the three great principles guiding university life: honor, truth, and “the carrying of truth and helpfulness to all men to the end that the standards of society shall be made finer and more steadfast.” A modest plaque indicates that the gates were donated to memorialize alumnus Charles H. Senff, marking the beginning of a new period of the University as a commemorative landscape.