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Richmond City Hall, 1001 East Broad Street, Richmond, Independent City, VA



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B&W Photos

HB1176846
Broad Street (north) Facade

HB1176847
North And East Facades

HB1176848
West Facade

HB1176849
East Facade

HB1176850
Entrance Detail

HB1176851
Column Capitals At Entrance

HB1176852
Main Stairway

HB1176853
Cortile

HB1176854
Cortile Skylight

HB1176855
Capitals And Spandrels

HB1176856
Courtroom

HB1176857
Unidentified Room


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Item Title


Location
1001 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS VA-34
Building/structure dates: 1894 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1894 initial construction
National Register Number: 69000327
Significance: The Richmond City Hall was built in 1886 thru 1894 from the competition winning design of nationally known Architect, Elijah E. Myers (1832-1909) in 1883-1884. The building occupies an entire city block near the Virginia Capitol grounds and measures 170 feet by 140 feet. Stylistically, the structure is High Victorian Gothic, four stories in height. Its rugged silhouette has four corner towers of varying designs culminating at the northwest corner with the clock tower which rises to 195 feet. Constructed of stone, brick and cast iron, the exterior effect of the style is achieved by contrasting the texture of the locally quarried granite. The main facade of the structure faces north while the interior is organized to be entered from the west. The most notable interior feature of the structure is a rectangular skylighted courtyard, bridged across the center and surrounded by arcaded galleries. The west light well is open through the full four stories while the east is filled with the grand staircase. Almost all the original fixtures remain intact. "Among American municipal buildings of its size and style, the Richmond City Hall has no superior in similarly unaltered condition " (NHL Forum). The building is presently occupied and in the process of being adaptively reused. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.

Related Names
Myers, Elijah E.
Wait & Cutter


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. BROAD STREET (NORTH) FACADE
2. NORTH AND EAST FACADES
3. WEST FACADE
4. EAST FACADE
5. ENTRANCE DETAIL
6. COLUMN CAPITALS AT ENTRANCE
7. MAIN STAIRWAY
8. CORTILE
9. CORTILE SKYLIGHT
10. CAPITALS AND SPANDRELS
11. COURTROOM
12. UNIDENTIFIED ROOM


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