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3101 West Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23221
"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
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 décor 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 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 each unique; two have private balconies, three have heated tile 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 décor, and upscale amenities, Maury Place is intended to be different from many traditional B&B's. Elements to achieve this effect include amenities such as flat screen televisions, high end bath products, and breakfast service each morning on our finest china. We hope that guests would describe Maury Place as modern, chic, sophisticated, yet relaxed.
Built in 1916, our Richmond Virginia historic home has been preserved with almost 100% of its original structure, architectural detail, and floorplan. Moreover, the property is protected by 13 pages of historic easements that prevent 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 1970's 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, having renovated the property in 2008 to be a bed and breakfast.
The renovation updated all of the electrical, plumbing, bathrooms, and HVAC, as well as finishing the third floor for innkeeper's quarters. One bathroom was added (Fontaine Suite), so that each room has an en suite bath. 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.
Maury Place is located in a neighborhood setting within Richmond's Museum District, approximately one half mile from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Virginia Center for Architecture. Guests can easily walk to excellent neighborhood restaurants and shopping. The Carytown shopping district, voted one of America's top 10 "Best Neighborhoods for Shopping" by Southern Living Magazine readers, is walking distance from the inn. From the front porch of Maury Place, guests can see the life of the neighborhood, with people out walking their dogs, or out for a jog or stroll.
In front of Maury Place is Monument Avenue, with its broad, tree-lined grass median, which is perfect for strolling or jogging. Monument Avenue is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2007 was named one of the 10 great streets in the country by the American Planning Association. The section of Monument Avenue with its six historic statues is approximately one mile long. Maury Place is towards the western portion of this section, across from the Maury Monument, and two blocks from the Arthur Ashe statue to the west, and the Stonewall Jackson statue to the East.
Jeff Wells was born in Virginia Beach, and graduated from Washington and Lee University and the UVA Law School. Jeff spent 19 years as an attorney for the United States 4th Circuit Court of Appeals before deciding to change careers and become an innkeeper. Mac Pence was born in Richmond, and graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He is a third generation auto dealer, and owns the Pence Auto Mall in south Richmond. Mac and Jeff have been together since 1995, and held a marriage ceremony in their home in 1999. They were legally married in Boston in 2009.
Jeff and Mac took several "aspiring innkeeper" seminars, and looked at locations in both Lexington, VA 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 invented 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 honors. A number of U.S. Navy ships have borne his name, and Virginia has many schools, buildings, and landmarks named after Maury.
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 Place at Monument.