Old Lynchburg hotel being revived

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- In Lynchburg, a piece of history is being revived.

Construction crews are hard at work to renovate and reopen the Virginian Hotel, a more than century old building.

The Virginian Hotel was originally built back in 1913.

It served as a working hotel until 1972 and then transitioned into other housing. “At one time it was Liberty dorms, and then section 8 housing and then it was vacant for some time,” said Dennis Marcinik, the General Manager.

Now, new developers are refurbishing the historic building while keeping that early 1900's charm. “Just have total life breathed back into it,” said Brandy Daily the assistant project manager for CityScape – the general contractor for the project. “There’s the steel and iron work, where we could keep original we did and then where we had to replicate and duplicate from photos, historical photos,” she said.

The building includes original marble, wood and tile.
Complete with ornate art decor, high ceilings, and sweeping staircases.

The newly renovated Virginian will also feature three restaurants including a steak house and roof-top bar.

The 115-room hotel is going to be equipped for weddings, events, and conferences. “And now that it’s got its fresh coat of paint and you know most areas of the building has been completely rebuilt, it’s magical almost,” said Daily.

The historic hotel is set to open at the end of April.