George Wythe House

Title

George Wythe House

Subject

George Wythe House (Williamsburg, Va.)
Block 21. Building 04.
Historic buildings - Virginia - WIlliamsburg
Postcards - Virginia - Williamsburg
Architecture, Colonial - Virginia - Williamsburg

Description

Recto and verso of postcard illustrated with a photo of the George Wythe House as viewed from Palace Green, Williamsburg, Virginia. Created by the Albertype Co. and published by the Williamsburg Drug Co., the card dates to the early 1930s. It shows the Wythe House after its first period of restoration under the direction of Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin, who resided in the Wythe House during this era.

Dr. Goodwin added the side porch to the main building’s north façade in 1926 during its renovation as Bruton Parish rectory. Architect Charles M. Robinson, who designed several dormitories for the College of William & Mary, oversaw modifications that included removal of the two-story 19th-century entrance porch and installation of an ornate door surround modeled after the river front example at William Byrd’s Westover plantation on the James River.

The caption reads: "The George Wythe House, 1755, Williamsburg, Virginia. This House, the home of George Wythe, L.L.D., first professor of law in America, teacher of Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Henry Clay, Edmund Randolph, and Chief Justice John Marshall, member and speaker of the House of Burgesses, member of the Continental Congress and member of the Committee which prepared the Constitution of the United States, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Chancellor of Virginia and designer of the seal of Virginia.
This house was used by Washington as his headquarters during the Yorktown campaign in 1781."

Creator

Williamsburg Drug Co. for Albertype Co.

Date

Circa early 1930s

Date Created

Circa early 1930s

Is Part Of

Postcard Collection

Format

jpeg

Type

Image

Identifier

AV-2003-06-62-R
AV-2003-06-62-V

Rights Holder

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

Original Format

Postcard

Physical Dimensions

3.5 x 5.5 inches

Files

AV-2003-06-62-R.jpg
AV-2003-06-62-V.jpg

Citation

Williamsburg Drug Co. for Albertype Co., “George Wythe House,” John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed June 19, 2019, https://rocklib.omeka.net/items/show/894.