Good and not-so-good A review of Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center
First off, a thank-you to the visionaries who had the foresight and wisdom to save an awesome old building in the heart of downtown Staunton. However, perhaps it's my obsessive nature, but I saw somethings I didn't like.
The front desk was remodeled, not restored. This is a grand old Dame of a building and black granite countertops are out of place in a 1920s building. That's not a material that would have been used in that era. Using such an anachronistic building material there (and several other places) is my number one complaint. The light fixtures in many of the common areas were also modern.
There's restoration and then there's remodeling and while the fine owners of the Stonewall Jackson did save and restore many of the historic features of the building, there was too much "REMODELING" done for my tastes. Further, when I asked at the desk for a history of the building, I was given a non-descript brochure that had almost no history about the building at all, but simply spoke of the conference center, amenities, etc.
Yes, it's a beautiful hotel and well-managed and has an attached parking garage. But, this is a historic structure and I wish its restoration had focused more on its unique architectural history and less on "clean and new and shiny."
author, The Houses That Sears Built