Governor's Palace, Entrance Gate

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Title

Governor's Palace, Entrance Gate

Subject

Governor's Palace (Williamsburg, Va.)
Block 20. Building 03A.
Historic Buildings - Virginia - Williamsburg
Public Buildings - Virginia - Williamsburg
Architecture, Colonial – Virginia – Williamsburg

Description

Exterior of the Governor's Palace, looking out through the front gate at the arrival of a carriage and costumed interpreters, 1933. “The Governor’s Palace was an important element in [Williamsburg’s] great civic design. Sited at the end of a broad, imposing green, the governor’s residence terminated in the primary north-south axis of the town. The high visibility and symmetrical formality of this complex did much to reinforce the importance of the governorship in the eyes of Virginians.” Construction began on the Governor’s Palace in 1706 under Governor Edward Nott, and finished in 1722 under Governor Alexander Spotswood. In the early 1750s, Governor Robert Dinwiddie commissioned the construction of a Ballroom Wing addition behind the Palace.

(Source: Michael Olmert and Suzanne Coffman, Official Guide to Colonial Williamsburg [Williamsburg, VA: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 2007], 88-89).

Creator

Shaw, Thomas Mott

Date

1933

Date Created

1933

Rights

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Format

jpeg

Type

Image

Identifier

D2008-COPY-1014-1024

Rights Holder

Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Graphite on paper

Physical Dimensions

31.5 x 45.5 cm

Citation

Shaw, Thomas Mott, “Governor's Palace, Entrance Gate,” John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed October 22, 2021, https://rocklib.omeka.net/items/show/395.