Life and Accomplishments at
the University of Virginia
On March 7th, 1923, Fiske wrote to President Alderman:
"It is with a great deal of regret that I must ask you to transmit to the Board of Visitors my resignation as Professor of Art and Architecture to take effect September 1st, 1923. As you know, my intended removal to New York is in the direction of my chief interests and desires. It has, however, been a very great pleasure to teach and work here for the last four years and I shall never regret the efforts made in the formative period of the school here, nor cease to take an interest in its success. I can never forget the cordial support I have always had from you and from the Board, and I trust my departure will not put an end to the delightful personal relations which I have here enjoyed."
The Kimballs maintained close ties with Charlottesville by visiting friends and retaining membership at Farmington Country Club. In 1929 they signed Julia Wilson's guest book, Fiske with a quick pen sketch of Pavilion V in which Julia and her husband, professor James Wilson, lived. Fiske and Marie's regular visits led to their decision to purchase land and build a house in the Charlottesville vicinity, culminating in the design and construction of "Shack Mountain" in the mid 1930s.
|Julia Wilson's sketchbook, 1929, courtesy of Special Collections, Alderman Library, University of Virginia|