The Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia, first opened its doors in 1924. The Georgian-style red brick structure cost $750,000 to build. Designed by the renowned American architect, H.L. Stevens, it is considered an excellent example of his work in the Colonial Revivalist style. At the time, it boasted every major technological innovation of the day and quickly became the social gathering center for the surrounding area. The neon sign atop the hotel was added sometime around the 1950s.
Because of economic downturns and declining revenues, the Stonewall Jackson ceased operations as a hotel for a while. The building continued to serve as a community center for the mentally challenged, the elderly, and the homeless. In 2005, the hotel underwent a significant 2-year restoration, bringing it back to life as the beautiful historic landmark we see today.
The Stonewall Jackson Hotel was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for its historical and architectural significance. It is a member of the Historic Hotels of America.
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January 29th, 2020
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