Sunday, March 14, 2010

Virginia State Capitol in Richmond

The Virginia State Capital is on a Richmond hill overlooking the James. Now there are buildings largely obscuring that view but when Jefferson originally designed it, it was the tallest building around. Even without its size it would have had the most commanding view. In addition to the history lurking in every hall and room inside, there is the purported most authentic life-size sculpture of George Washington in the center under a dome. It was just as impressive now as it was when I saw it in grade school.
On the grounds are several large tulip poplar trees.
For brunch we ate at Cafe Gutenberg in the bottom - great food, great coffee. The ceilings and walls are covered in old tin panelling.

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