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George Wythe House, 101 Palace Green Street, Williamsburg, VA



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101 Palace Green Street, VA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS VA-1009
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-217).
Building/structure dates: 1754 initial construction
National Register Number: 70000866
Significance: Richard Taliaferro built the Wythe House between 1752 and 1754. He was a planter, designer, architect as well as a builder of "undertaker." In 1755 George Wythe married Taliaferro's daughter, Elizabeth, and probably occupied the house at that time. Wythe became a distinguished lawyer, legislator, teacher, and signer of the Declaration of Independence. The house is among the best examples of Tidewater Virginia residential architecture of the Georgian period. Its uncommonly handsome elevations, sophisticated brickwork, and simple wood details evidence a strict set of geometrical relationships carefully worked out. The Wythe House is owned by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which restored it in 1940.

Related Names
Taliaferro, Richard


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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