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March 29, 1965

Christopher Wren and the College of William and Mary

JAMA. 1965;191(13):1086-1087. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080130046021

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To the Editor:—  I read with great interest your editorial in the Nov 2, 1964, issue of The Journal (190:467) on Sir Christopher Wren, in which you mention that Sir Christopher designed "the first permanent building" at the College of William and Mary at Williamsburg, Va. Known as the Main Building, it has been burned out three times, but only the interior was destroyed. The sturdy brick walls have always stood, and are still there. The third burning was that by Federal Troops during the Civil War. Following this, an ordinary roof was put on instead of the original gabled roof with dormer windows. About 40 years ago, the roof was restored to its original form and the name of the building changed to the Sir Christopher Wren Building.The second building, as noted in your editorial on Robert Boyle in the June 16, 1962, issue (180:968), was built

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