Matthew Whaley School

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Richmond architect Charles M. Robinson designed the Matthew Whaley School, completed in 1930, in a restrained adaptation of his favored Georgian Revival style. Located at the end of Nassau Street, adjacent to the reconstructed Governor’s Palace in the city of Williamsburg, this monumental school building quickly became a local landmark of considerable architectural importance. The U-shaped building is the third in a series of Williamsburg schools named in memory of Matthew Whaley (1696–1705). The exterior boasts fine Flemish-bond brickwork with glazed headers trimmed with a modillion cornice, molded door and window surrounds, and a hipped slate roof pierced by gables, and topped with a pair of glazed cupolas. The Matthew Whaley School’s well-detailed exterior and interiors have been carefully preserved with little alteration while being updated with unusual concern for architectural integrity.

Last Updated: January 17, 2024

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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