On Sunday, w paid our first visit to the restored Capital. It turned out quite well. Visitors enter through the underground addition (above). There's a gift shop, gallery (with a simple, temporary exhibit for now), lunch spot, and meeting rooms for the GA. I suppose you could call all that limestone "austere" rather than classy.
Inside Mr. Jefferson's temple to democracy everything is fresh and crisp, though the floor still creaks in spaces like the Old Hall of the House of Delegates -- as it should.
Ed Slipek's review in Style.
"Designing the Capitol" at the Library of Virginia's website.
Site recording the progress of the renovations.