Fasttrack Civics Project
photographs below show the Virginia Capitol, where the General Assembly
meets each year to make laws for the state. It is in Richmond,
which became the state capital during the Revolution.
The building was designed by Thomas Jefferson, based on an ancient Roman temple in France that had survived into modern times. It helped inspire the widespread use of Roman architecture in other government buildings throughout the new nation.
The side wings - one for the state Senate and one for the House of Delegates - were added in the early 1900s. The entire structure was extensively repaired in a major renovation project in recent years.
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