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George Wythe House

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c. 1750, attributed to Richard Taliaferro. 1927, 1939–1940, and 1992–1993, restoration. Palace Green south of Prince George St.
  • (Photograph by Jeffrey E. Klee, courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)
  • (Photograph by Jeffrey E. Klee, courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

A second five-bay brick house offers dramatic contrast to the nearby palace. While the palace is assertive, with an oversized cupola and a balustraded platform above a sharply pitched roof, the Wythe House, forty-some years younger, is calm and understated. The inside is as balanced as the repose of the exterior promises. Fireplaces are carefully worked into the transverse partition to serve a nearly identical pair of entertaining spaces at the front and private rooms at the rear upstairs, all reached by a central stair passage.

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Richard Guy Wilson et al.
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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "George Wythe House", [Williamsburg, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-01-HR15.

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