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Residential Building (Virginia Hotel)

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Virginia Hotel
1892, George W. E. Field; 1970s alterations. U.S. 220 at VA 615
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

The former Virginia Hotel dominates the village of Hot Springs. Once a grand hotel popular with resort visitors before The Homestead (BA14) was rebuilt following a fire in 1901, it is now a dormitory for employees of the more famous hostelry. Designed by a Richmond architect, the hotel offered guests the latest in luxurious accommodations. An 1893 drawing of the building shows an imposing Queen Anne-style building with extensive porches, towers, projecting bays, and half-timbered gables. Because the hotel was connected to the village depot by a covered walkway, it was especially convenient for guests arriving at Hot Springs by train. By the 1970s the hotel had lost much of its architectural glory. Gone were the porches, balconies, tower tops, and half-timbered gables. A skin of aluminum siding completes the list of indignities this building has suffered within the past thirty years.

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Anne Carter Lee

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