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Governor's Palace ca.1930-1959

Owner:
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Designer:
Spotswood, Alexander 1676-1740 Lt. Gov
Landscape Architect:
Shurcliff, Arthur A (Arthur Asahel) 1870-1957
Landscape Architect:
Hopkins, Alden
Physical description:
3 folders+ 38 35 mm. slides, 6 photoprints and 12 glass lantern slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Virginia, City of Williamsburg, Williamsburg
Virginia
Williamsburg
Governor's Palace (Williamsburg, Virginia)
Date:
1930
1930-1959
ca1930-1959
Notes:
The first Governor's Palace and gardens were designed by Alexander Spotswood and built between 1708 and 1720. It served as the Governor's home until the Revolutionary War, when it became a military hospital. In 1781, the mansion was destroyed by fire. During the 1930's, the Palace was reconstructed. Arthur Shurcliff (Shurtleff) designed the gardens based on Spotswood's designs of the early 1700s. He based the gardens on English design with a combination of French and Dutch influences, using both "exotics" and native Virginia plants. The gardens, which include a ballroom garden, holly maze, and kitchen garden, are open to the public.
Persons associated with the property include: Lieutenant Governor Alexander Spotswood (designer, 1708-1720); Perry, Shaw and Hepburn (designers, 1931-1934); Arthur Shurtleff (landscape architect, 1930's); Alden Hopkins (landscape architect); and Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (owner).
Summary:
Folders include work sheets, brochures, garden map, and copies of articles.
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
VA021000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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