Virginia State Capitol Building, circa 1900

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                              Exploring the State Capitol Building and Capitol Square, Past and Present

 

 

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January 16, 2010 Inauguration Day

Governor Bob McDonnell, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

click on image below for full-size view of the Official Invitation

   
   
  Unveiling of Bust of Meriwether Lewis on August 18, 2008
               
  Above: Meriwether Lewis is the newest addition to the Old Hall of the House of Delegates (left); House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith presides over the unveiling of the bust.

 

 

Photos from Unveiling of the new Civil Rights Monument [more]

Monday, July 21, 2008 at 10:30 a.m., Capitol Square  [info]

Views of the new Civil Rights Monument immediately after its unveiling, July 21, 2008 (above)

 

Washington Equestrian Monument's 150th Anniversary

150th Anniversary Ceremony for the Washington Equestrian Monument

The commemoration took place inside the Old Hall of the House of Delegates (above).[more] [program]

   
  Ground broken for new Civil Rights Memorial - Feb. 19, 2008 - link
   
  Capitol Building re-opened on May 1, 2007 [more] -- Queen Elizabeth II visited on May 3
   
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip wave from the South Portico.
   
Queen Elizabeth II addressed the General Assembly, the first time a British Monarch has done so.  Thousands watched the speech outside the Capitol from the South Lawn.

  

   
 

 

 

 

Right: View of Capitol Square immediately following the Queen's visit.

Far Right: The souvenir card given to visitors at the Capitol on May 3.

      
At right: "Thomas Jefferson" begins the ceremonies officially reopening the Capitol Building on May 1, 2007

   
At right: Speaker of the House William J. Howell (R-Stafford) (at podium) and other dignitaries during the rededication ceremony.

   
At right: Visitors stream toward the new Capitol Extension entrance on Bank Street following the ceremonies on May 1, 2007.

   
   
 

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December 2004 - Washington Equestrian Monument

 

The History Channel aired a program about the Capitol on June 17, 2006

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Above: Cleaning the statues - July 15, 2007

   

 

Left:   2004 Electoral College meeting in the Old Hall of the House of Delegates (note the statue of Henry Clay beside the stairs).

 

Below: Panoramic view of Capitol Square looking east, prior to 1904-06 addition.

 

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