Timeline of Events

In the History of the State Capitol Building and Square

Right:  A portion of a stereoview photo taken in the early 1900's, showing Confederate Veterans on the driveway beside the North Side of the Capitol.

This photo shows a rare view of the steps extending from the connecting "hyphen" between the main part of the building and the Senate wing on the right.  These steps were removed in the 1960's.

Also, the driveway has changed so that a grassy area is immediately adjacent to the building. 

Views of Capitol
Capitol Square
Washington Monument
The Mansion
Bell Tower
Washington Statue
Jackson Statue
Finance Building
Washington Building
1870 Disaster
1896 Narrative
More Photos
2007 Reopening
Civil Rights
What's New
May 1, 1780 Richmond becomes capital of Virginia
1785 Planning for Capitol Building begins
August 15, 1785 Cornerstone laid (exact location unknown)
May 14, 1796 Houdon's Statue of George Washington installed in Rotunda
1813 Governor's Mansion first occupied [more]
1824 Bell Tower constructed in southwestern corner of Capitol Square
February 22, 1850 Laying of Cornerstone for Equestrian Statue of George Washington; President Zachary Taylor attended
February 22, 1858 Equestrian Statue of George Washington unveiled in Capitol Square [photo]
1861-1865 Congress of the Confederate States meets in the Capitol building
April 27, 1870 "Capitol Disaster" occurs when an upper floor gives way, killing 62 and injuring dozens
October 26, 1875 Dedication of Statue to Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson in Capitol Square
1904-1906 Capitol renovated; wings added; steps installed at South Portico
February 22, 1924 Dedication of the State Office Building (now the Washington Building) [more]
March 8, 1946 Sir Winston Churchill addresses a Joint Session of the General Assembly  [more]
January 1978 House and Senate first occupy new General Assembly Building at Ninth and Broad Streets
November 11, 1983 Dedication of Colgate W. Darden Memorial Garden along northern side of square [more]
August 18, 1985 200th Anniversary celebration of laying of cornerstone of the Capitol building [program]
2004 Renovation and expansion project begins
January 2006 Dedication of Visitor's Entrance and Capitol Expansion
April 4, 2007 House and Senate convene in restored chambers for first time since 2005
May 1, 2007 Re-dedication of Capitol and opening of Visitor's Entrance and Capitol Expansion
May 3, 2007 Queen Elizabeth II visits the Capitol and addresses the General Assembly
February 22, 2008 150th Anniversary ceremony for Equestrian Statue of George Washington [more]
July 21, 2008 Unveiling of Civil Rights Monument on Capitol grounds [more]
August 18, 2008 Unveiling of bust of Meriwether Lewis in the Old Hall of the House of Delegates [more]
March 22, 2010 Unveiling of bust of Andrew Lewis in the Old Hall of the House of Delegates