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Richmond Museum District Article Fall 2011

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MAURY PLACE AT MONUMENT

"Our vision of Maury Place is to be a space where people can leave their daily routines, relax, and renew their spirits"

Jeff Wells, Innkeeper


The Inn

Located in the Museum District of Richmond, Virginia, Maury Place at Monument is a luxury four-room bed and breakfast overlooking Monument Avenue. The inn combines a historically preserved home with contemporary decor and modern conveniences. Maury Place has a West Franklin Street address, but directly faces Monument Avenue and the Maury Monument, which guests can enjoy from the front porch or from the balcony of the Pathfinder Suite. The first floor, with 12-foot ceilings featuring intricate plaster work, is comprised of a spacious parlor, library, dining room, and butler's pantry. The second floor contains the four guest rooms, and the innkeepers live on the third floor.

The inn offers all guests a full gourmet breakfast, pool and hot tub access, free high speed internet, complimentary snacks and soft drinks, and free off street parking. The first floor public rooms each feature a working gas fireplace. The guest rooms are unique; two have private balconies, three have heated die bathroom floors, and three have working gas fireplaces. All guest rooms have private en suite bathrooms and high definition flat screen televisions.

With its majestic property, modern decor, and upscale amenities, Maury Place is intended to be different from many traditional B&Bs. Elements to achieve this effect include amenities such as flat screen televisions, high end bath products, and breakfast service each morning on fine china. The innkeepers, Jeff Wells and Mac Pence, hope that guests would describe Maury Place as modern, chic, sophisticated, yet relaxed.

The History

Built in 1916, this historic home has been preserved with almost 100 percent of its original structure, architectural detail, and floor plan. Moreover, the property is protected by 13 pages of historic easements that pre vent changes without the approval of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, ensuring its historic preservation in the future.

Originally built for Addie Sturdevant, a single woman who may never have lived here, the home was owned until the 1970s by the family, of Dr. Weitzel, one of Richmond's first pediatricians, who built the duplex next door for his practice in 1928. The current innkeepers are the fourth owners, and renovated the property in 2008 to be a bed and breakfast.

During the renovation, all of the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems were modernized. All bathrooms were updated and one bathroom was added (Fontaine Suite), so that each room has an en suite bath. The third floor was turned into the innkeepers' quarters. The kitchen was remodeled, while retaining the original tile floor and subway tile on the walls. Renovations were performed by general contractor Franko Lafratta, with assistance from architect Joe Yates and interior designer Ellen Norris of Caryatid Interiors.

Innkeepers

Owners Jeff Wells and Mac Pence took several "aspiring innkeeper" seminars, and looked at locations in both Lexington, Virginia, and Richmond before purchasing Maury Place in 2006. After two years of zoning approvals and renovation, they opened Maury Place at Monument on October 31, 2008.

Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873)

Maury Place at Monument was named for the statue of Matthew Fontaine Maury which it faces. Maury in vented the science of oceanography, the mapping of ocean currents, transforming sea travel by making it safer and faster. Known as the "Pathfinder of the Seas," Maury was internationally famous during his lifetime, and was offered numerous awards and hon ors. A number of U.S. Navy ships have borne his name, as have many schools, buildings, and landmarks in Virginia.

Unveiled in 1929, the statue depicts Maury sitting beneath a globe. The statue is not a confederate war monument per se. It was originally to have been placed in Washington, D.C., but was rejected because Maury abandoned his career with the Union to support the Confederacy. Richmond's City Council named the intersection "Maury Place" in 1921 in anticipation of the statue's placement, and the previous owners of this property adopted the name for what is now Maury Place at Monument.

Affiliations

Maury Place at Monument is a member of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, as well as the Virginia Bed and Breakfast Association. Maury Place is also a certified Green Lodging by Virginia Green, administered by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.


Jeff and Mac have graciously opened their home for the Museum District Association annual Spring Fling social the past two years. We really appreciate having our event in this lovely setting with these wonderful hosts!

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