William and Mary College, Williamsburgh, Va.

Dublin Core

Title

William and Mary College, Williamsburgh, Va.

Subject

Albumen prints
Centennial Photographic Company
Block 16. Building 3.
Historic buildings - Virginia - Williamsburg
Public buildings - Virginia - Williamsburg
Architecture, Colonial - Virginia - Williamsburg
Wren building (Williamsburg, Va.)

Description

Begun in 1695, the construction of the Wren Building marked the birth of an academic center in colonial Virginia. A series of fires in 1705, 1859, and 1862 damaged parts of the structure but never completely destroyed exterior walls.

During the Civil War, the Wren Building caught fire on September 8, 1862. Although this blaze was extinguished, a group of Union soldiers incensed by a Confederate raid re-ignited the fire on September 9th. The entire interior burned and only a shell of the exterior walls remained. This photo shows the reconstructed version completed after the conclusion of the war.

The Botetourt Statue survived the war despite vandalism and skirmishes taking place around it.

Creator

Centennial Photographic Company

Date

ca. 1875

Rights

This material is protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). For reproduction queries: Rights and reproductions

Is Part Of

Albumen Print Collection, MS2005.16

Format

jpeg

Type

Image

Identifier

D2010-BTL-0322-1134

Rights Holder

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

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Albumen print on board

Physical Dimensions

11 x 14 inches

Citation

Centennial Photographic Company, “William and Mary College, Williamsburgh, Va.,” John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed June 26, 2022, https://rocklib.omeka.net/items/show/522.