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“Interesting Centerpiece to William and Mary's Campus”
Review of Wren Building

Wren Building
Ranked #23 of 95 things to do in Williamsburg
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Cleveland, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
199 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Interesting Centerpiece to William and Mary's Campus”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Wren building is actually, like most of colonial Williamsburg, a misnomer. The building is in Wren's "style", but has never actually been tied to Christopher Wren in any way. The building, again like most of Williamsburg, is relatively new, being rebuild multiple times after various fires destroyed it. There are still great stories tied to the history of the building and its University, and it is worth as stop if only to see where 3 US presidents including Jefferson attended.

Visited July 2014
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Austin, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
241 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Walk Where Giant Have Tread”
Reviewed July 31, 2014

If visiting those iconic buildings for which college campuses are known is your thing, then this one shouldn't be missed. It is the oldest academic building still in use anywhere in the United States. You can generally walk through the first floor to look around, but keep in mind that when school is in session the building is still used for classrooms and faculty offices. My group had Colonial Williamsburg staff take us on a guided tour, but we had to leave early (and extremely quietly) because some Secret Service-guarded dignitaries were being entertained at a reception on the second floor. It did feel awesome, though, to walk the same halls where Thomas Jefferson and John Marshall once walked.

Visited July 2014
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Denver, Colorado
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4 reviews
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“Chapel Wedding”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

If you ever have an opportunity to attend a ceremony in the wren chapel I would hightly recommend it. The history makes the experience more romantic if that is possible.

Visited July 2014
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Edmond, Oklahoma
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“William and Mary - Wren Building tour”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

The Spotswood Student Association student who gave the tour of the Wren Building did a great job of detailing us on the history of not only this building but also of the university.

Visited May 2014
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Atlanta, GA
Level 5 Contributor
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“Don't miss this great building just across from Colonial WIlliamsburg”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Truly amazing history in this building! One of the oldest buildings on this historic campus! Beautiful views and amazing architecture!

Visited May 2014
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