While in Richmond I visited the lovely Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The beautiful original building, seen above, was designed in 1936 by Norfolk VA, architects Peebles and Ferguson in English Renaissance or Georgian style.
Sadly that is no longer the main entrance, but rather a nice but blandly modern addition by London architect Rick Mather from 2010 serves that purpose. I know I know, I'm always baised towards beautiful early 20th century classical buildings, so sue me, it's my blog afterall!
The recent additions include a lot of work to the extensive site which holds a lot of other structures from the former lives of the property.
I admit to loving the landscape and hardscape, especially the water features.
The full length of Mather's addition.
The interior is large, bright, and open and features nicely detailed modern stairs.
It's a huge museum!
If you do a little wandering, you can find the original entryway and stair which is reminiscent of an English country house foyer.
I love this limestone detailing.
And the ironwork and wood railing is beautiful.
This colorful enclosed Roman courtyard in the original building houses an amazing Roman mosaic depicting the 4 seasons. More on that tomorrow when I share some of my favorite pieces from the collection.
As I mentioned the site has had previous incarnations, primarily as the Confederate Soldier's home campus until 1941 when the last resident passed away.
The charming carpenter Gothic style chapel, known as the Confederate Memorial Chapel, was designed by architect Marion J. Dimmock in 1887.
The other large building on the grounds is the Home for Needy Confederate Women (what a name!).
Designed in 1932 by architect Merrill Lee, the residence was in use until 1989 when the last residents were moved to a nearby nursing facility.
And I know you're thinking it; Yes, Lee based the neoclassical structure on the White House!