The Resource [Preliminary designs for the Virginia State Library building], 1937-1939.
- [Preliminary designs for the Virginia State Library building], 1937-1939.
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- Architecture -- Virginia | Richmond -- 20th century
- Carneal, Johnston, & Wright (Richmond, Va.)
- Richmond (Va.) -- Buildings, structures, etc
- Architects -- Virginia
- Virginia State Library
- Architectural drawings -- Virginia | Richmond
- Githens, Alfred M
- Baskervill & Son (Richmond, Va.)
- Public buildings -- Virginia | Richmond
- Keally, Francis
- Library buildings -- Virginia | Richmond -- Designs and plans
- These seventeen sets of drawings depict the progression in design for the Virginia State Library and Supreme Court of Appeals building, originally intended to house those two agencies and the Attorney General and State Law Library. The building began as an exercise in traditional Classicism, akin to the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. However, the constraints of the Great Depression and converging design ideas eventually lead to a stripped-down, modernized Neo-Classicism. While the exterior is austere, the interior was well-appointed in late Art Deco, early Moderne style. The stepped pyramidal addition was added in 1970
- 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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- 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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- Library of Virginia, Office of the State Librarian (LVA barcode 1054517).
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