Private Colonial Williamsburg Architectural Tour

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  • Private Tour
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  • 4 hr

We will discuss the different philosophies of architectural preservation between Europe and the United States during the late 19th and 20th Century and how it applies to the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. The restoration materials of Colonial Williamsburg had to appear as if they were constructed in the 18th Century. For example, the roofs of many of the reconstructed buildings were man made fire retardant composites, and the masonry emulated the original bound of the public buildings. When the Main College was rededicated as the Wren building, credit was given to the the famous English Architect, Sir Christopher Wren. However, there is no proof that this is true. The base of this building is a Flemish design as opposed to the English bond. As the Wren building stands today, it is a redesign of the building that existed in 1733. It will be a comprehensive discussion of the vision of Rev. W.A.R. Goodwin and John D. Rockfeller, Jr. that resulted in Colonial Williamsburg.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Williamsburg Architectural Gems

This is a typical itinerary for this product

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They will see original and reproductions of Colonial Williamsburg's architecture and watch films, if desired.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Governor's Palace

We will enter the Governor's Palace and tour the exterior and interior of the palace, surrounding buildings and gardens.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Colonial Williamsburg Capitol Building

We will view the interior and exterior of the Capitol building.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Bruton Parish Episcopal Church

We will view the exterior and interior of the church.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: The College of William and Mary

We will view the exterior and interior of the Sir Christopher Wren building.

Duration: 45 minutes
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