Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Located in the historic Red Brick downtown quarter of Staunton, this 124-room hotel captures the spirit, history and charm of the old South. Originally built in 1924, the property underwent a complete top to bottom renovation in 2005 and has been painstakingly restored to its original grandeur. The hotel boasts an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, lobby bar, restaurant and fitness center.
The original Wurlitzer theatre organ on the mezzanine of the two story lobby was also restored to full playing condition, although the hotel staff says that the sound is too loud for live entertainment; instead, the hotel plays recordings of the organ during Christmas and other holiday occasions. The Georgian-style, red brick structure was designed by renowned architect H.L. Stevens, cost $440,000 to build in the 1920s and boasted every major technical innovation of the day. Today the property is a member of the Historic Hotels of America division of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.