In late December 2012, we took a Woof Trek to the East Coast and our first stop was Richmond, Virginia. We arrived in the early evening and got to explore the heart of downtown Richmond without hardly anyone around. Although it was cold, we had a great time exploring the area.
We are a family of history buffs and exploring this area was a dream. Our first stop was the Virginia State Capitol Building. The idea for capitol building came to Thomas Jefferson and Charles-Louis Clérisseau while they were in France. Construction began in 1786 and was finished in 1792. In 1904, two wings were added and in 2004, the building underwent a major renovation to update the building.
Nana would have preferred not to have posed for this picture in front of the Capitol building and instead run after the squirrels that were playing in the trees.
Here you can see some of the ceiling detail inside the Capitol Building along with an electric candle decoration for the holidays.
Virginia Washington Monument
The area around the Capitol Building is known as Capitol Square. The centerpiece to the square is the Virginia Washington Monument, built in 1858. This Monument was quite the sight, it has George Washington sitting atop his faithful steed and below he is surrounded by six other historical figures including: Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Lewis, John Marshall, George Mason, and Thomas Nelson Jr.
George Washington looking across Richmond.
This plaque was on the side of the Monument, marking where Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as President of the Confederate States.
Here is Thomas Jefferson pondering the future of America with a quill at the ready.
The sculpture was very detailed.
Old City Hall
We wandered around behind the Capitol Building and saw this huge gray Gothic-style building that took our breath away. The hulking building is the Old City Hall and was used from 1894 through the 1970’s. It was designed by Elijah E. Myers (1832-1909), who also designed the state capitol buildings of Michigan, Colorado, and Texas.
The architecture of this building was intriguing and in stark contrast to the Palladian-style Capitol. Since it was late, we did not get the chance to go inside however you can tour the first floor during operating hours.
We did get a look inside through a set of windows and were impressed with the internal architecture as well.
Here you can see the classic pointed arches of the Gothic-style and elaborate lamp to illuminate one of the entrances.
The Old City Hall is a symmetrical building, except for this majestic 195-foot tall clock tower.
Our Friend, Edgar
Darkness fell upon us, but we continued around the Square and, perhaps fittingly, came across this statue of Edgar Allen Poe. It was erected in 1958 to honor Poe’s time in Richmond.
We had an awesome time exploring the Virginia Capitol and we hope you enjoyed this mini tour!