Project Summary
Hotel John Marshall

Originally constructed in 1928, this iconic hotel is restored to its original grandeur and understated elegance.

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The Space
  • ENR SE Magazine "Best of the Best" Projects, Best Renovation/Restoration Category
  • BD+C Magazine, Silver Honors, Reconstruction Award Winner
  • Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate Awards, Project of the Year
Square Footage 311,000
Location Richmond, VA

The grand and historic Hotel John Marshall was initially constructed in 1928, located in the center of downtown Richmond, Virginia. At the height of its popularity, celebrities like Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore, and Elizabeth Taylor were frequent guests, staying in the lavish rooms and celebrating in the prestigious event space.  At the time, The Virginia Room was one of the largest ballrooms in Richmond and could accommodate up to 1,200 people.

Throughout the years, many additions and renovations have taken place to the Hotel.  Some additions include Exhibition Hall in 1938 and Massie Hall in 1955.  One of the more recent renovations includes the installation of crushed red velour walls to the main entry in 1978. In 1998 the hotel shuffled into dormancy, ceasing operations.

After years of neglect and severe degradation, the 16-story, 310,537-SF complex receives a complete overhaul, restoring Hotel John Marshall to its original splendor with all the modern conveniences of our current time.

Before and after pictures tell the tale.

Highlights include:

  • Upper floors are converted into 238 state-of-the-art apartments
  • The historic grand ballrooms and main lobby are returned to their original 1920s grandeur
  • Finishes to the apartments will include low consumption amenities, granite counter tops, and variable flow refrigerant heating and cooling systems
  • The Hotel John Marshall sign, atop the building and the focal point of the exterior, is completely refurbished with new aluminum and an energy-efficient lighting system
  • The existing copper roof is removed and recycled, replaced by a standing-seam metal roof
  • An exterior facelift, with complete exterior restoration and replacement of all windows throughout
  • The three passenger elevators receive modernizations while the two existing services elevators are removed and replaced with one large service elevator
  • Achieved three Green Globe Certifications and is registered as a Historic Site with the National Park Service
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