Uxmal, Photo of House of the Governor

Palace of the Governor at dawn [June 21, 1995]

In 1841, Stephens wrote of the Governor's Palace: "There is no rudeness or barbarity in the design or proportions; on the contrary, the whole wears an air of architectural symmetry and grandeur." The House of the Governor has brought similar responses from art historians and architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright, who considered this the finest example of ancient American architecture. Jeff Kowalski, author of The House of the Governor, believes it was built around AD 900 by the Uxmal ruler Lord Chac, and that it stands as the symbol of "a pivotal moment in the history of Maya architecture."