The Virginia State Capitol is the seat of state government of the Common Wealth of Virginia, located in Richmond, the third capital city of the U.S. State of Virginia. It houses the oldest legislative body in the western hemisphere, the Virginia General Assembly, first established as the House of Burgesses in 1619.
The capitol was conceived of by Thomas Jefferson and Charles-Louis Clérisseau in France. Although it was completed in 1788 and is currently 224 years old, the current Capitol is the eighth built to serve as Virginia's state house, primarily due to fires during the Colonial period. In the early 20th century, two wings were added, leading to its present appearance. In 1960, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.