Created by the General Assembly in 1999, the Capitol Square Preservation Council consists of thirteen individuals with expertise in art, architecture, landscape architecture, history, preservation, and administration. The Secretary of Administration, Clerk of the House of Delegates, and Clerk of the Senate serve as ex-officio members. This group is charged with planning and review of projects that affect the State Capitol, its historic artifacts, other historic buildings on or adjacent to Capitol Square, and the landscape and archaeological features of Capitol Square.
The Preservation Council's work is administered by an Executive Director. The Council is required to meet quarterly. In addition, its standing and ad-hoc committees meet as may be necessary.
RICHMOND, VA — 11/08/13 Following an extensive search, Virginia's Capitol Square Preservation Council (CSPC) today announced the appointment of Kathleen S. Kilpatrick — a nationally recognized and widely respected leader in cultural resource policy, from public history and educational programming to preservation management and development of historic sites — as its new Executive Director, beginning December 1, 2013. Ms. Kilpatrick brings over 35 years of professional experience in historic and cultural resource policy development and administration to the CSPC position, having been Director of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and State Historic Preservation Officer through four governors over the past 13 years. The CPSC is a legislative branch agency charged with planning and reviewing projects that affect the Virginia State Capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson, 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.