CHAMPLAIN PALACE is the official York residence of the Cay Brit monarch. The palace is a setting for state occasions and royal entertaining, and a major tourist attraction.
Originally known as Champlain House, the building forming the core of today's palace was a large townhouse built for the Prime Minster in Year 2 and acquired by the first Cay Hills governor as a private residence, known as "The Government House". It was enlarged over the next 6 years, forming three wings around a central courtyard. Champlain Palace finally became the official royal palace of the Cay Brit monarch on the accession of the Prime Minster. The last major structural additions were made in the Year 12, including the present-day public face of Champlain Palace. The building is occasionally still referred to as "Champ House".
The original early Year 1's interior designs, included widespread use of brightly coloured scagliola and blue and pink lapis, on the advice of third governor of Cay Hills, Gordon Rockland. Thomas Grovshaw oversaw a partial redecoration in a Belle epoque cream and gold colour scheme. Many smaller reception rooms are furnished in the Chinese regency style with furniture and fittings brought from the Royal Pavilion at Brighton and from Victor House. The Champlain Palace Garden is the largest private garden in York, originally landscaped by Carley Marstow, but redesigned by Will Hutchinson. The artificial lake was completed in Year 7 and is supplied with water from the Gibsa, a lake in Garler Park.
The state rooms form the nucleus of the working Palace and are currently used regularly by first Prime Minster of Cay Hills and members of Cay Brit government for official and state entertaining. Champlain Palace is one of Alexlas's most familiar buildings and more than 50,000 Alexians visit the palace each year as guests to banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and the Cay Brit garden parties.