The West Virginia Capitol: A Commemorative History

Table of Contents

› The Early Capitol Locations
› Planning the Capitol Complex
› West Virginia Executive Mansion
› Building the Capitol:
   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
› The Architect's Description
› Biographical Sketch of the Architect
› Capitol Building Commission Members
› The West Virginia Capitol: Project of Five Governors
› Mythological Figures in the Carved Heads
› Summary of Facts Concerning the Capitol
› Glossary of Architectural Terms Used
› Bibliography and Photographic Credits


The purpose of this publication is to chronicle and salute the tremendous efforts of all those individuals involved in the planning, construction and maintenance of the West Virginia State Capitol. It is hoped that the ensuing narrative, facts and data, as well as archival pictures and recent photographic work, appropriately detail the construction progress and classic beauty of this monument to the State's citizenry.

Much that is published was drawn from materials at the archives search room in the Cultural Center at the Capitol. Advice and support of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History staff proved invaluable. Old editions of the West Virginia Blue Book provided historical perspectives, and bound editions of past Acts of the Legislature and Journals from both houses were important references. Recent publications by regional historians were also consulted freely. Credit for this document is extended to Robert A. Damron for research and writing and to Karl C. Lilly for editorial and printing guidance.

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