The Cavalier Inn and Villa Diner bid their Emmet Street locations farewell after graduation weekend last month, as the University of Virginia Foundation prepares to raze their buildings later in the summer to renovate the Ivy Corridor at the Emmet Street/Ivy Road intersection.
The Cavalier Inn, built in 1965 and acquired by the foundation in 1998, accommodated a diverse range of people, including visitors coming to tour UVA, attend graduations or return for alumni weekends. It also lodged football players during summer training and hosted local organizations like the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild.
Stephanie Harder, a former UVA psychology student, worked the front desk in 2009. “It felt kind of like a family,” she says. “A bunch of different people, but everyone got along great.”