127-0003

City Hall

VLR Listing Date

11/05/1968

NRHP Listing Date

10/01/1969

NHL Listing Date

11/11/1971
1971-11-11

NRHP Reference Number

69000327

Richmond’s Old City Hall, one of the nation’s foremost examples of the High Victorian Gothic style, was designed by the Detroit architect Elijah E. Myers, architect of five state capitols. With its fairy-tale skyline and profusion of carved ornament, the four-story building forms a dramatic backdrop for Virginia’s Capitol Square. Built of Richmond granite, the massive structure was completed in 1894 and at once became a symbol of the city’s recovery from the Civil War and Reconstruction. It was built primarily by Black laborers under the supervision of City Engineer Col. Wilfred E. Cutshaw. The interior court is an extraordinary composition of tiers of Gothic arcades and flights of stairs all in cast iron. The City Hall building was sold to the state in 1981 and is leased through the Historic Richmond Foundation to private developers, who restored the building for commercial offices.

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Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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