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500 Court Square (Hotel Monticello)

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Hotel Monticello
1924–1926, Stanhope Johnson of Johnson and Brannan
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Virginia Division of Historic Resources)
  • (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

Now a condominium, the Hotel Monticello was one of Charlottesville's entries in the skyscraper-building mania of the age, and at twelve stories it dominated the city's skyline when it was completed. On the roof was what was reputed to be the world's largest skylight. The hotel's red brick exterior skin, limestone base, and white-painted wood trim paid homage to its namesake on the nearby hilltop. Intended as a luxury hotel, it had a particularly impressive lobby, and some of that original glamour can still be spied through the doors. A regionally prominent architect based in nearby Lynchburg, Johnson was a versatile designer who worked in a variety of styles from Colonial Revival to Art Deco. He designed a number of important commissions in the Charlottesville area.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "500 Court Square (Hotel Monticello)", [Charlottesville, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 145-145.

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