Welcome to the #AtoZ Blog Challenge and a Tour of Hotels & Inns
101 W Franklin St., Richmond, Virginia, USA
Youtube Video – The Jefferson Hotel at Christmas
Tobacco baron Lewis Ginter, civic leader and philanthropist, made millions marketing the pre-rolled cigarette. A classic Jeffersonian, cultured, gifted and widely traveled, Ginter was interested in the arts and architecture. He also felt a strong, abiding love for his adopted city, Richmond, VA. He had a dream of creating what became The Jefferson Hotel, designed in the Spanish Baroque Style by Carrère and Hastings, noted national architects based in New York. The firm designed the Fifth Avenue Public Library and Henry Frick House (later the Frick Museum) in New York, as well as portions of the Commonwealth Club in Richmond. Construction began in 1892 and the hotel opened for business in 1895. After a fire gutted the interior of the hotel in 1901, and a lengthy restoration, it reopened in 1907. It has received restorations and upgrades of systems through the years.
Ginter’s wishes were followed and the hotel was built incorporating Renaissance and other forms of architecture that he admired, creating a composite, eclectic style popular at the turn of the century. When The Jefferson was elected in 1969 to the National Register of Historical Places, it was considered to be among the finest examples of Beaux Arts style in existence.