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Posted: 12/05/2016

Capitol Square Preservation Council

Capitol Square Preservation Council is a legislative branch agency charged with planning and reviewing projects that affect the Virginia State Capitol, its historic artifacts, and other historic buildings on or adjacent to Capitol Square as well as advising on landscape, architectural, and archaeological features at the seat of state government in Richmond. The central building on Capitol Square is The Capitol (1788) designed by Thomas Jefferson and Charles-Louis Clerisseau to serve as the seat of government for the Commonwealth. This National Historic Landmark was the first public building in America to be based on the classical order of architecture. Other NHL buildings include the Executive Mansion (1813) by Alexander Parris and Old City Hall (1886) by Elijah E. Myers. In addition, there are office buildings from the early to mid-twentieth century surrounding the Square. The Council serves to: 1. Inventory and assess their condition; 2. Develop plans and recommendations for their maintenance and preservation and for the enhancement of their historical and architectural integrity; 3. Develop recommendations for the promotion of activities and efforts that will enhance interpretive and educational opportunities; and 4. Review all plans or proposals for alterations, improvements, additions, renovations or other disposition that is structural or architectural in nature. 5. Work with the Senate and House Clerks to create meaningful experiences to ensure that visitors become even more engaged and committed supporters of the site over time through mission-based programming, including exhibit installations, Capitol tours, and guest lecturer series.

Architectural Historian
Professional Opportunity
Richmond, VA
Open Until






REPORTS TO:          Chief Administrative Officer




STATUS:                   Full-time




SALARY RANGE:     $42,000 - $65,000, depending on experience






Capitol Square Preservation Council (CSPC) is seeking a motivated and talented Architectural Historian to serve as technical advisor and staff historic preservationist to the State Capitol, Capitol Square, and Executive Mansion.  The applicant must meet the qualifications set forth in the Secretary of the Interiors Professional Qualifications Standards in Architectural History, Architecture, or Historic Architecture.






Works responsively and in a problem-solving matter with all project sponsors and responsible parties, primarily the House and Senate Clerks (Clerks) and the Councils CAO and Board.  Also to include public and (or upon request and approval) private stakeholders on Capitol Square. 



How to apply
HOW TO APPLY: All interested applicants must complete a state application through the online employment system at https://jobs.agencies.virginia.gov by 5:00 p.m. on January 6, 2017. Resume and letter of interest may be included with online application.
Colleen Messick
Phone: (804) 225-2811
1001 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219

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