Modern Movement: Art Deco, NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES, Built 1938-1941. Architects: Baskervill & Son; Carneal, Johnson & Wright; Alfred Morton Githens & Francis Keally.
"The Old State Library building is a massive government structure rendered in “Stripped Classicism,” a style popular for public works in the 1930s and ‘40s, both in America and Europe. The style is characterized by the monumentality and proportions of Classical architecture but is devoid of its ornamentation. The building occupies an entire city block between East Broad and Capitol streets. It, along with Richmond’s Old City Hall and the General Assembly Building compose the architectural backdrop for Capitol Square and Jefferson’s State Capitol. Faced with plain ashlar of Indiana limestone, the exterior reads as a two-story structure having its upper level surrounded by a “colonnade” of square piers framing the window openings." Calder Loth, Virginia Department of Historic Resources #Baskervill #Carneal_and_Johnston #Government #Historic_Register #Jim_Robb #Library #Richmond #Supreme_Court #Urban #VA #Virginia