Fort Christian

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Fort Christian
USVI St. Thomas Charlotte Amalie Fort Christian.JPG
View from the north
Location Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands
Built 1680
Architect Governor Jørgen Iversen
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 77001329[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 5, 1977
Designated NHL May 5, 1977[2]

Fort Christian is a Danish-built fort in Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Governor Jørgen Iversen Dyppel led the second expeditionary force from Denmark to St. Thomas, where he arrived on 25 May 1672; there, he initiated construction of Fort Christian, named after King Christian V.[3] In the 18th century, the fort was expanded and in 1874 a new entrance with a Victorian Clock tower was added.[4] As the oldest standing structure in the U.S. Virgin Islands, this fort has served as a town center, a government building, and a jail. It currently holds the St. Thomas Museum. This museum holds artifacts and art of the Danish period. Date over the main gate is 1671.

It was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1977.[2]

As of April 2007 the fort is under renovation. The renovations had not been completed as of December 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Fort Christian". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-06-28. 
  3. ^ Fort Christian, National Park Service
  4. ^ Attractions: Historic Charlotte Amalie, VInow.com

Coordinates: 18°20′27″N 64°55′47″W / 18.34083°N 64.92972°W / 18.34083; -64.92972