The Resource [Model showing proposed redesign of Capitol Square, Richmond, Virginia], (architectural model)

[Model showing proposed redesign of Capitol Square, Richmond, Virginia], (architectural model)

[Model showing proposed redesign of Capitol Square, Richmond, Virginia], 1973.
[Model showing proposed redesign of Capitol Square, Richmond, Virginia]
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This study model represents a proposal to provide office and parking space within the confines of Richmond's Capitol Square. The model shows the entire area of Capitol Square and its buildings, fountains, and monuments. Also shown are 9th, Bank, Governor, and Capitol Streets and the buildings surrounding Capitol Square. Among the buildings shown are Old City Hall, the former Virginia State Library and Archives, the Federal Courthouse, the Virginia Supreme Court building, and St. Paul's Episcopal Church. In this design, as shown in the study model, a concrete plaza surrounds the Capitol on three sides. It is pierced by openings to a lower level and through these trees protrude in two places to the level of what had been the original lawn. On the front edge of the plaza two large skylights provide illumination to office areas below. A wide central stairway gives access to a succession of terraces and sunken courtyards from which trees protrude. At the level of Bank Street two vehicle ramps allow automobiles to enter the parking facilities
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Biographical or historical data
In 1973, the Virginia Commission on the Legislative Process issued a recommendation for a $30 million addition to the State Capitol. This was one of a series of plans of expansion of State offices which had also been proposed in 1946 and 1950. This plan was for a stepped series of General Assembly offices, meeting halls, restaurants and parking spaces built in the hill in front of the Capitol. The plan was supported by House Speaker John Warren Cooke and House majority leader James M. Thompson. When released to the public the design was widely denounced by preservationists, garden clubs, and Richmond newspaper editorials. This scheme and other variations of it were dropped and never proceeded beyond the study phase, of which this model is the principal artifact.
Cataloging source
[Model showing proposed redesign of Capitol Square, Richmond, Virginia], (architectural model)
  • The Library of Virginia
40 x 107 x 103 cm.
1 study model
Governing access note
Access by appointment only
Immediate source of acquisition
Commonwealth of Virginia, House of Delegates
Other physical details
wood and cardboard
Representative fraction of scale
Scale : 1 in. equals 30 ft.

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