Patrick Henry Building

(Old State Library)

Richmond, VA

Project Details

Completed 2005
258,300 sf
$32 million

RMJM Hillier

Department of General Services, Commonwealth of Virginia

2005 Mid-Atlantic Construction Magazine Project of the Year
2005 Mid-Atlantic Construction Magazine Best Overall Project
2005 Mid-Atlantic Construction Magazine Best Adaptive Reuse Project

The Patrick Henry Building, formerly known as the Richmond Old State Library, is located on the campus of the Virginia State Capitol and is regarded as one of the four most important buildings in the city’s government district known as Capitol Square.

The 1939 Art Deco building was recently redesigned as an adaptive reuse facility to provide a temporary home for the Government of the Commonwealth of Virginia while the State Capital Building undergoes renovation and addition.

Silman assisted with the design of the complex project, which required detailed probes and investigations and involved significant structural modifications including removal of library stacks to accommodate the addition of a new interior light-court, a new core and all new mechanical and electrical systems. Silman orchestrated the investigation, planning and design for the structural modifications allowing adaptive re-use of the library stack areas “container of books” to become useful space in an important state government building.