The Sir Christopher Wren Building, Williamsburg, VA

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About this Print

The standard framed size of this print is 15-by-20 inches.
Larger versions of this print do not include framing.

The Sir Christopher Wren building, constructed between 1695 and 1699, is the oldest college building in the United States and the oldest of the reconstructed buildings in Williamsburg. First known as “The College”, the building was renamed in this century for the famous English architect to whom the design is attributed. The building burned in 1705 and was rebuilt by 1716. Although incorporating much of its original walls, it differed from the previous structure. Fire again consumed the building in 1859 and a third time in 1862, when Federal troops quartered in Williamsburg set fire to it. The Wren Building was again rebuilt and the college reopened in 1869. The building was restored in 1928 using the second form of the building as a guide. The view pictured is from the Sunken Garden, built in the 1930’s. On the right is the Chapel where many weddings take place. Beneath the Chapel is the crypt which is thought to have been built when the chapel was added in 1832. At least nine, and perhaps as many as 12, people were buried there. The most famous occupant of the crypt is Norborne Berkeley, baron de Botetourt, governor of Virginia from 1768 to 1770. On the left is the Great Hall. The court yard is the area within the white picket fence and is where the Sunset Ceremony is held on the Friday before Homecoming Weekend. It is a very solemn event when the names of all the Alumni who died during the past year are read aloud.

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