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Hotel John Marshall

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1927, Marcellus Wright. Northeast corner of Franklin and 5th sts.
  • Hotel John Marshall (Virginia Division of Historic Resources)
  • Hotel John Marshall (Library of Virginia)

Long one of Richmond's premier hotels, the high-rise John Marshall has a sleek, urbane muscularity. A massive, three-story limestone base supports a U-shaped tower that rises to a cornice decorated in vividly colored terra-cotta panels. One of the city's finest buildings, it suffered the fate of many older inner-city hotels and was closed in the late 1970s. At the time of writing, its future looks brighter, since it is undergoing a slow renovation to return it to hotel use.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Hotel John Marshall", [Richmond, 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, 220-220.

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