The Resource Virginia State Library [equipment plans], (architectural drawing)

Virginia State Library [equipment plans], (architectural drawing)

Virginia State Library [equipment plans], 1940.
Virginia State Library [equipment plans]
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  • These drawings depict the equipment placement, mostly office furniture, on each floor of the Virginia State Library building. Also included are measured drawings of all desks, chairs, wastebaskets, catalog card cabinets, coat hooks and racks, handcarts, and the like for the offices of the Virginia State Library, Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, Attorney General, and State Law Library. The anodized-aluminum furniture depicted in some of the drawings was the work of Modernist designer Warren McArthur of New York. The state purchased the furniture, including couches, chairs, ashtrays, bathroom vanities, tables, etc., through a contract with the Warren McArthur Corp. The furniture's style matched the late Art Deco, early Moderne design of the State Library building
  • Carneal, Johnston & Wright, in association with Baskervill & Son and Alfred M. Githens and Francis Keally, received the commission for the building which was erected 1939-1940 on a site between Richmond's Capitol Square and Broad Street. The building housed the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals from 1940-1981, and the Virginia State Library and Archives (now the Library of Virginia) from 1940 to 1999
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Biographical or historical data
The General Assembly created the State Library Building Commission in 1936 (Acts, 1936, Chapter 242, pp. 393-394) and directed it to ascertain and report the cost of a building to house the State Library, the Supreme Court of Appeals, the State Law Library, and the Attorney General; to have prepared plans and specifications for the building; and enter into negotiations with the City of Richmond to procure the site known as Ford's Lot for the erection of said building. After a review process, the committee chose the firm of Carneal, Johnston, & Wright, in association with Baskervill & Son and Alfred M. Githens and Francis Keally, to undertake the commission. Considerable debate took place in statewide newspapers over the erection of the building and the chosen site, Ford's Lot.
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Location of other archival material
  • Library of Virginia, Office of the State Librarian (LVA barcode 1054517).
  • Virginia State Library. Office of the State Librarian. Building records, 1935-1941. (LVA Accession 38904).
Virginia State Library [equipment plans], (architectural drawing)
  • Located in the LVA General Architectural File Collection, Folder 78
  • For specifications, see LVA barcode 1054517
  • The Library of Virginia
65 x 106 cm.
28 sheets
Immediate source of acquisition
Donor information unavailable.
Other physical details
Blueprints, Diazo prints
Representative fraction of scale
Scale : Various.

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