Carr's Hill will welcome a new tenant on Friday: new UVA President Teresa Sullivan will be moving in.
Moving vans are on their way to grounds this week. At the University of Virginia, President Casteen has moved out and President-elect Teresa Sullivan is on her way in. Before she rolls into town, the university gave a sneak peek inside the president's residence, Carr's Hill.
Thousands of people visit the home every year, but very few make it to the second floor. Wednesday, a one of a kind open house gave a rare look upstairs, where the first family unwinds. That chance was thanks to the woman in charge of making sure all 17 rooms shine.
Carr's Hill Manager Cindy Coleman has been keeping the 10,000 square-foot home up and running for 17 years; from the master bedroom to the furniture, she knows every corner.
"We have many, many pieces; antique pieces that have been donated to Carr's Hill," said Coleman.
The president's home has eight bathrooms, seven bedrooms, and sees about 15,000 guests a year, the most famous of whom include President Kennedy and Queen Elizabeth. A changing of the guard on grounds means a new president is moving in for the first time in 20 years.
"Mr. Casteen was, seven days a week, thinking that if something could be held here it would," said Coleman. "He loved to entertain."
President-elect Teresa Sullivan arrives Friday morning. For Coleman, that has meant staying busy making sure things are just right.
"We did painting through the whole house, we did some floor work, as in some carpets coming up and floors being finished," she said.
From all accounts Sullivan has been more than impressed with the move-in conditions.
"She has been pleased in every way and has not made any requests to do anything out of the usual; really no requests at all," said Coleman.
President Casteen did leave a gift behind for the home: he purchased and engraved a dining room table for future families.