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James Madison Hotel (Lynnhaven Hotel)

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Lynnhaven Hotel
1906, John Kevan Peebles. 1981–1982, renovation, Morrisette Cederquist Bondurant and Associates. Southwest corner of W. Freemason St. and Granby St.

The Lynnhaven was one of several hotels built in downtown Norfolk just before the influx of visitors for the 1907 Jamestown Ter-Centennial Exposition. It conveys a sense of permanence and luxury through its Renaissance Revival brick exterior. The base is rusticated, and this treatment is continued as quoining framing the upper levels. A boldly detailed cornice of brick and terra-cotta caps the eight-story building. Over the years, the building underwent numerous renovations and changes of name, the most enduring of which was the Commodore Maury Hotel. The interior has been modernized, and unfortunately a motor entrance, constructed in the early 1980s, has superseded the main entrance on Granby Street.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "James Madison Hotel (Lynnhaven Hotel)", [Norfolk, 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, 412-412.

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