Williamsburg was established as the new capital of the Virginia colony in 1699, and served in that capacity until 1780. During most of that period, the Governor's Palace was the official residence of the royal governor; a fire later destroyed the structure in 1781. Through the efforts of the Rev Dr W.A.R. Goodwin, rector of Bruton Parish Church and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr., whose family provided major funding, the elaborate and ornate palace was carefully recreated in the early 20th century.
The reconstruction was based on numerous surviving pieces of evidence. The framed drawing of the gardens, terraces and building structures from 1936 is a blueprint created by Boston architect Arthur Shurcliff, under the guidance of the architectural firm Perry, Shaw and Hepburn.
As part of the WILLIAMSBURG collection, we printed the Governor's Palace blueprint in giclee. It is framed under lucite, and attached to an upholstered interior board wrapped in cotton/linen fabric.
The 1936 restoration plan featuring the Governor's Palace as artwork is a graphic and decorative way to celebrate the rich history and preservation of Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.
Materials: giclee print, lucite