The Rector´s Palace was recorded in historic sources as early as the 13th century. The wall structure reveals Romanesque and Gothic layers from the Middle Ages.
It was completely restored in the 16th century and later in the 19th century, according to the designs of the classicist architect, Frano Zavore. The courtyard is the oldest example of Classicism in Zadar. In the 19th century, the Rectors Palace was joined to the Proveditors Palace (17th century), the two together forming a joint Viceregency, the government headquarters for Dalmatia within the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy.