The Resource Virginia State Capitol, [existing and proposed floor plans], 1951.
- Virginia State Capitol, [existing and proposed floor plans], 1951.
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- Architecture -- Virginia | Richmond -- 20th century
- Richmond (Va.) -- Buildings, structures, etc
- Virginia State Capitol (Richmond, Va.) -- Designs and plans
- Architectural drawings -- Virginia | Richmond
- Public buildings -- Virginia
- Virginia -- Capital and capitol
- Lee, Merrill C., (Merrill Clifford), 1892-1981
- Virginia -- Buildings, structures, etc
- These four sheets show office space assignments on the ground, first, second, and third (also referred to as the attic or fourth floor) of the Virginia State Capitol building by architect Merrill C. Lee. In 1950, the General Assembly citing insufficient meeting space, disrepair, and other concerns regarding the Capitol building sanctioned a commission to investigate possible solutions. Lee, a member of the commission, devised a plan that would extend both the House and Senate wings northward and utilize unused space in the attic floor of the building. This plan was never executed. Due to inflated building costs and a minimal potential return on the investment, the minority opinion was adopted and the General Assembly sought additional office space in separate buildings around Capitol Square. The third floor plan in this set of drawings has a pencil notation by Merrill C. Lee, noting the square footage of space gained by the alteration
- These architectural drawings were likely transferred with the records of the commission but were separated due to their size
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- Merrill Clifford Lee, born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania in 1892, studied architecture at Pennsylvania State College (1912-1914), the Beaux Arts Institute of Design (New York, 1914), and MIT (1916-1917). Following a position with the Boston firm of Blackall, Clapp, and Whittemore, Lee worked for Cram, Goodhue, and Ferguson, also of Boston and the architects for Richmond (Virginia) College's Millhiser Gymnasium. Lee formed a partnership with Richmond architect Clifton Lee (Lee & Lee) in 1919, and the firm functioned as the supervising architects for the gymnasium project. In 1924, Lee & Lee dissolved, and Merrill Lee formed a partnership with H. L. Smith, Jr. and James Van Dervoort. Lewis W. Ballou joined the firm in 1932, but the firm of Lee, Ballou, and Van Dervoort dissolved in 1934. Lee, Smith and Van Dervoort went on to design many new buildings and additions for Bell Telephone Company of Virginia as its consulting architects, 1930-1965. Merrill Lee served as the Federal Housing Administration's chief architectural supervisor in Virginia during the Depression. Some of Lee's notable commissions include Richmond Garage (1927, Lee, Smith & Van DerVoort), The Home for Needy Confederate Women (1932, Lee, Smith & Van Dervoort), Jefferson State Office Building (1956, with Marcellus Wright & Son). Merrill C. Lee retired in 1971 and died on March 9, 1981.
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- Kummer, Karen Lang, THE EVOLUTION OF THE VIRGINIA STATE CAPITOL, 1779-1965. Master's thesis, University of Virginia, 1981
- Virginia. Commission on Improvements to the Capitol Building, IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CAPITOL BUILDING. REPORT OF THE COMMISSION TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF VIRGINIA (Senate Document No. 12), Richmond, Commonwealth of Virginia Division of Purchasing and Printing, 1951
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