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The Brafferton

The Brafferton
The Brafferton at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. The Brafferton was constructed in 1723 to house the College’s Native American school, which was endowed by funds from the estate of Robert Boyle, the noted English scientist. Photo by @ccjones13.

Sun Sonata

Sun Sonata
Sun Sonata, the world’s first solar painting, on the sound façade of the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary. A seemingly ordinary solar wall is transformed into a highly innovative visual spectacle. The title Sun Sonata denotes both the rhythmic pattern of colors illuminated at night and the wall’s function as a solar energy collection system by day. Photo by @ccjones13.

Sir Christopher Wren

Sir Christopher Wren
The Sir Christopher Wren Building at the College of William & Mary (@william_and_mary) in Virginia is the oldest college building still standing in the United States and the oldest of the restored public buildings in Williamsburg. It was constructed between 1695 and 1700, before Williamsburg was founded, when the capital of the colony of Virginia was still located at Jamestown, and the tract of land between the James and York rivers which was to become Williamsburg was populated by crude timber buildings and known as “Middle Plantation.” The Wren Building has been gutted by fire three times—in 1705, 1859 and 1862. Each time the interior of the structure was rebuilt, and for more than three centuries, it has been “the soul of the College.” Photo by @hsdemarco.