The Resource [Aerial view of proposed redesign of Capitol Square in Richmond, Virginia], ca. 1973
- [Aerial view of proposed redesign of Capitol Square in Richmond, Virginia], ca. 1973
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- ca. 1973
- Virginia -- Capital and capitol | Designs and plans
- Architecture -- Virginia | Richmond -- 20th century
- Richmond (Va.) -- Buildings, structures, etc
- City planning -- Virginia | Richmond
- Richmond (Va.) -- History -- 20th century
- Virginia State Capitol (Richmond, Va.)
- Landscape design. -- Virginia | Richmond
- Oliver, Smith, Cooke & Lindner
- Saunders, Pearson, Appleton & Partners
- Tecton, Inc
- This accession includes three copies of a color perspective drawing of the 1973 proposed plan to provide office and parking space within the confines of Richmond's Capitol Square. The drawing shows the perspective of Capitol Square looking northeast and includes view of surrounding buildings, fountains, and monuments. Among the buildings shown are Old City Hall, the former Virginia State Library and Archives, the Federal Courthouse, and the Virginia Supreme Court building. In this design, 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
- The drawing is signed "Cooke Brackett"
- 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 perspective drawing is an artifact.
- Cataloging source
- Location of other archival material
- LVA accessions 36401 and 36402.
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