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The Capitol - Colonial Williamsburg

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 11 February 2015 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Another return to the series that I call "What's old is new again." (Tag: woina). The original photo that was posted was overly processed in HDR. (What was I thinking?). So here is a "re-do" that I hope is more tastefully done.

On May 15, 1776, from the Capitol of what was England’s first permanent colony in the New World, Virginia legislators instructed their delegation at Philadelphia’s Continental Congress to introduce a resolution to make the colonies independent from Great Britain. Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence was the response by the Continental Congress.

The gentlemen at Williamsburg sat in the oldest representative assembly in what was then the world’s newest nation. The assembly traces its beginnings to 1619 when the House of Burgesses first convened at Jamestown.

After fire destroyed—for the second time—the Jamestown Statehouse in 1698, the burgesses decided to move the colonial government to Middle Plantation, soon renamed Williamsburg, and resolved to build the first American structure to which the word “capitol” was applied.

Henry Cary, a contractor finishing work at the College of William and Mary, raised a two-story H-shaped structure—two buildings with semicircular apses connected by an arcade. Though the west wing was completed by July 1703, it took Cary until November 1705 to finish all the work. The building that stands today is substantially the same as Cary’s, but it is the third Capitol on the site.

On Jan. 30, 1747, the alarm went out that the building was burning. When the flames died down, only some walls and the foundation remained. Reconstruction of the Capitol began in 1751, and the burgesses met inside for the first time in late 1753.

In this building, Patrick Henry delivered his Caesar-Brutus speech against the Stamp Act in 1765. Henry, George Washington, George Mason, George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson and others played their parts in the legislative wars that ended in the American Revolution.

There were lighter moments. Both Capitols were the scenes of dances, suppers and other social events. But as fighting erupted in the North, the building rang to the debates over Mason's Declaration of Rights, his Virginia constitution and Jefferson's first attempt at a bill for religious freedom.

When Jefferson became governor in 1779, the General Assembly made the recommendation to move the government to Richmond. The building was last used as a Capitol on Dec. 24, 1779, when the General Assembly adjourned to reconvene on May 1 at the new state capital in Richmond. In subsequent years, the building served as an admiralty court, a military barracks, a law school and a grammar school in the Secretary’s Office. When a fire destroyed the building in 1832, the Capitol was being used as a meeting space for one of the state superior courts for this region.

Photo captured May 4, 2010.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/100 second F/10.0 ISO 100 36 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel bel édifice tout en ocre quelle architecture entre ces deux arbres.
amitié

11 Feb 2015 5:47am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Time looks to be moving real slow there . . way to be.

11 Feb 2015 6:34am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique.
Couleurs, lumière et cadrage.
très beau et agréable.)

11 Feb 2015 8:04am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

A wonderful historic building and thanks for the info too, I think I prefer this version to your previous

11 Feb 2015 8:32am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Majestic point of view - the figures in the gateway add to the grandeur.

11 Feb 2015 8:46am

Olivier Rault from Bayeux, France

Une structure magnifique avec une excellente lumière, j'adore !

11 Feb 2015 9:40am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Beautiful compo and colors.

11 Feb 2015 9:42am

Laurette from Lonehill - Fourways, South Africa

A beautiful capture of this wonderful historic building. Beautiful color combinations and beautifully framed !!

11 Feb 2015 9:58am

Wayra from Roma, Italy

A summer landscape! I want to be there too!

11 Feb 2015 10:22am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Excellent architectural doc shot

11 Feb 2015 11:02am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Fantastic colors and exposure.:-)

11 Feb 2015 11:03am

Mohammad/Navvab from shiraz, Iran

thats so great
just beautiful

11 Feb 2015 12:16pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A wonderful image of this incredibly beautiful architecture.

11 Feb 2015 2:56pm

Don - Slackwater from Spokane, United States

This image of this historic place is very good. I liked the extensive history too.

11 Feb 2015 4:25pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Williamsburg has a special place in my heart as we spent out honeymoon there. This is a beautiful image - love the earthy tones

11 Feb 2015 6:14pm

Carol from Leamington, Canada

I peeked at the original... and I do prefer this one Steven. And the history of this place is quite interesting.... I really like the unique design of the Capitol building... a grand style. Wonderful color & detail... excellent!

11 Feb 2015 6:23pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderfully done; beautiful architecture and great information!

11 Feb 2015 6:54pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Gorgeous scene with such wonderful colors.

11 Feb 2015 7:32pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

I love the building and the architecture. I like both of the images. They have their own special qualities. I think that the HDR has a more artistic quality to it. I love the colors. This one is more classical and stately. They are both beautiful!

12 Feb 2015 2:13am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Lovely color, fine detail. The period costumes of the main figures is a nice touch,

12 Feb 2015 3:32am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I like this processing much better. We all go through phases and in learn as we go along, right? ;D

12 Feb 2015 3:35am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image of this historic place. Excellent. I like this. :)

12 Feb 2015 3:45am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

You have so many great building to photograph there. This is very nice. Terrific composition.

12 Feb 2015 5:03am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

magnifique cette architecture

12 Feb 2015 7:44am

yo from Ile de France, France

Quelle différence avec la photo de 2011 ! Un traitement réussi !

12 Feb 2015 9:15am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

All that history in "one shot"! Fascinating, both history and photo!

13 Feb 2015 4:34am

Julie L. Brown, Photobirder from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

What an incredibly handsome building.

13 Feb 2015 12:18pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

This is a fabulous rendering, I love it.

8 Mar 2015 12:49pm