The plan of Virginia House was based on the Weddell's wish
that someday their home would be the headquarters of the Virginia Historical Society. The large library on the second floor
and the archival storage in the basement were constructed with this idea in mind. The Gallery was originally intended
for use as an exhibit space for the Historical Society collections. It may be that the Weddells chose Henry Grant
Morse as their architect because of Morse's experience designing public buildings. Morse had drafted the plans
for the Carnegie Public Library in Norfolk, Virginia, and the Carnegie Free Library in Camden, N.J.
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