Oliver Hill Building

Virginia State Library-Oliver Hill Building, also known as the State Finance Building, is a historic library and government office building located on Capitol Square in Richmond, Virginia. It was built in 1892–1894, expanded in 1908–1910, remodeled in 1929, and renovated and expanded in 2004. It is a three-story, Beaux Arts style building with a buff brick veneer and terra cotta detailing. It features an Ionic order portico echoing the Virginia State Capitol’s portico. It originally housed the Virginia State Library collections, the Virginia Supreme Court, and office of the Attorney General. From 1910 to 1964, the State Museum of Natural History was housed in a new wing. In 1939, the functions of the State Library and Supreme Court were moved to the new Virginia State Library building, now the Patrick Henry Building, and the building was rechristened the State Finance Building. On October 28, 2005, the building was officially renamed the Oliver Hill Building, after Oliver Hill.[3]

Virginia State Library-Oliver Hill Building
Old Virginia State Library Postcard.jpg
Virginia State Library-Oliver Hill Building, c. 1928
Oliver Hill Building is located in Virginia
Oliver Hill Building
Oliver Hill Building is located in the United States
Oliver Hill Building
Location102 Governor St., Richmond, Virginia
Coordinates37°32′16″N 77°25′36″W / 37.53778°N 77.42667°W / 37.53778; -77.42667Coordinates: 37°32′16″N 77°25′36″W / 37.53778°N 77.42667°W / 37.53778; -77.42667
Area2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built1892 (1892)-1894, 1908-1910, 1929
ArchitectPoindexter, William Munday; Dimmock, Marion Johnson
Architectural styleBeaux Arts
NRHP reference #08000542[1]
VLR #127-6048
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJune 20, 2008
Designated VLRJune 8, 2006[2]

The offices of the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are located in the Oliver Hill Building. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  3. ^ Calder Loth; Marc Wagner; Kelly Spradley-Kurowski & Jean McRae (April 2008). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Virginia State Library-Oliver Hill Building" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. and Accompanying photo