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Southern Gothic: 1905

Southern Gothic: 1905

Circa 1905. "City Hall -- Richmond, Virginia." Completed in 1894 at a cost of $1.3 million. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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That is one hella-expensive municipal building

Adjusted for inflation, using the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator, the equivalent 2017 cost of this edifice would be $35,842,650.06. Where did they come up with that much cash, less than 30 years after the end of the Civil War?

[The building's cost is said to have been a million dollars over its $300,000 budget. - Dave]

Still there, but no longer Richmond City Hall

This building served as Richmond's City Hall from its completion in 1894 until the 1970's. It's now used for offices. Although uncomfortably near the beautiful Thomas Jefferson-Charles Louis Clérisseau designed Virginia State Capitol, it's in the rear and not close enough to interfere visually with the classic grace of that building.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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