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Tazewell Hotel and Suites (Lorraine Hotel)
Opened the year before the Jamestown TerCentennial Exposition amid the largest construction boom the city had yet witnessed, the Lorraine Hotel benefited from its location diagonally opposite the Monticello Hotel (demolished), then the city's premier hostelry. Rusticated brick covers the lower levels, and vertical tiers of bay windows, a Chicago innovation, link the third through the fifth levels. The street elevations are terminated by a massive dentiled cornice, and Mannerist oversized keystones appear above the upper windows. The Lorraine Hotel stood adjacent to the Princess Hotel and Colonial Theater (1905, William Albert Swasey; demolished 1997), and for many years the buildings, which had a similar appearance and uniform cornice height, were managed together. Remodeled several times, in 1937 the Lorraine became the first hotel in Norfolk to be air conditioned. After another renovation in 1940, its name was changed to the Hotel Thomas Nelson. Despite these improvements, the hotel declined after World War II along with the Granby Street business district. It has recently been renovated and renamed. Its neoclassical lobby is particularly noteworthy.
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