Paris. New York. Berlin. Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei left his fingerprints on these and other cities around the world through the buildings he designed, ranging from museums to apartment complexes.
One city that eluded the renowned architect’s long list of creations — which include the landmark Louvre Pyramid in Paris and the skyline-defining Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong — was Williamsburg.
In 1981, Colonial Williamsburg unveiled its plan to build about three dozen luxury town homes in the Peacock Hill area adjacent to the Historic Area.
“It was a project we had initiated to develop that block, essentially. It seemed to emerge out of a number of different...