The eastern façade of the Chancellery
|Address||5 Charlotte Avenue,|
Northam, TS SW1 005,
|Current tenants||Julia Gillard and the Cancellarial Family|
|Construction started||October 13, 1818|
|Completed||November 1, 1824|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Terence Murray (Old Chancellery)|
Ways & Freeman (New Chancellery)
The Chancellery is the official residence and principal workplace of the Chancellor of the United Cygnian States, located at 5 Charlotte Avenue in Northam, TS. It has been the residence of the Cygnian chancellor since George Canning in 1825. The term Chancellery is often used to refer to actions of the chancellor and her advisers, as in "The Chancellery announced that...".
The original building was designed by Terence Murray and built between 1818 and 1824. The original building was constructed in the Georgian style. In 1942, the mansion was destroyed by Japanese bombing during World War III, destroying the west wing and much of the east wing. After the conclusion of the war in 1945, the property was demolished by the post-war Cygnian government and turned into a public park as there weren't enough funds available for a rebuilt Chancellery. Instead, from 1942 to 1994 the Chancellor did not have an official residence, and had an office in the Provisional Houses of Congress.
In 1994, the government began building the New Chancellery, removing the park (which by that time had become known as "Chancellery Park") and commissioning the Ways & Freeman firm to design a new Chancellery. The design went through three versions between 1995 and 1997. Construction began in 1997, and the new Chancellery opened in 2001.
The new Chancellery occupies 12,000 square metres, and is the largest government headquarters building in the world. The Chancellor's and his or her family's official residence is located on the top floor of the building, while the rest of the Chancellery houses the offices of the Chancellor and her staff.