January 31, 2005
General Francis Marion Hotel Receives
Historic Preservation Award
Richmond , VA – Earlier this month, a committee of statewide preservationists convened at the Richmond office of APVA Preservation Virginia for the challenging task of determining the winners of the 2007 Virginia historic preservation awards. Since 1971, the APVA has presented these awards to deserving individuals, civic and preservation groups, and governmental agencies that have contributed to the effort of preserving the Commonwealth’s historic resources.
The committee presented The General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion , Virginia with the prestigious Gabriella Page Historic Preservation Award. The Page awards, which honor the memory of Gabriella Page, APVA President from 1944 to 1947, are presented for outstanding preservation efforts on the part of organizations or individuals.
The General Francis Marion Hotel is widely recognized as a gem in Marion ’s historic downtown district. Built in 1927, the hotel has been an architectural and social anchor for Marion for over four generations. The five-story Classical Revival hotel was named in honor of the famed Revolutionary War hero who is also the town’s namesake. The hotel was recently renovated and restored to its original grandeur by Marion residents, Joe and Susie Ellis .
Only three other Gabriella Page Historic Preservation Awards were presented throughout Virginia : Prince William County Historic Preservation Division for the restoration of the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre; Robert W. Glenn, Jr. for the State and City Building in Roanoke ; and The Prizery, a South Boston community arts center.
The APVA ( www.apva.org) presented the 2007 preservation awards on 30 January during the legislative reception at St. Paul ’s Episcopal Church in Richmond . The reception was the culminating event of Virginia Preservation Day. The day’s activities included a legislative orientation, a tour of Monumental Church by the Historic Richmond Foundation, and the opportunity for participants to visit the Virginia General Assembly and meet with legislators.
Other awards received recently by the General Francis Marion Hotel include the Blue Ridge Travel Association’s Tourism Business of the Year for 2006 and the Virginia Downtown Development Association’s Award of Excellence for Building Development and Improvements.