The “Palazzo del Rettore” was built on the Byzantine wall over the port of Chania and housed the Venetian archives and the residence of the Venetian ruler of Chania until 1645 when Chania surrendered to the Ottoman Turks and the building became the residence of the Turkish Pasha.

The building miraculously survived the heavy bombing of the Kastelli hill during WWII but required major repairs to become habitable again. Dorothy Andrews, an American painter visiting Chania after the war, fell in love with the house and used it as her residence and art studio until she passed away in 2008. To honour Dorothy and her significant contribution to the town of Chania, we named the Residence “Dorothy’s Dream”.