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136-0010 Fairfax Hall

Fairfax Hall
Photo credit: DHR, 2002

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VLR Listing Date 07/20/1982

NRHP Listing Date 09/09/1982

NRHP Reference Number 82004609

Fairfax Hall in the city of Waynesboro, originally known as the Brandon Hotel, is one of only two of the many late Victorian resort hotel buildings remaining that once dotted the Shenandoah Valley. Most of these establishments were built in conjunction with the building of the Norfolk and Western railroad, which made them easily accessible to eastern and northern cities. Opened in 1890 in what was originally Basic City, later consolidated with the city of Waynesboro, the hotel was designed by Washington, D. C. architect William M. Poindexter. Poindexter produced a noteworthy Queen Anne scheme in the shingled mode, employing a central cupola and corner towers. A relaxed atmosphere was conveyed by the use of a long front porch. In 1920 the building became Fairfax Hall, a preparatory school and junior college for girls which operated for some fifty years. It later became a training center; after standing vacant for years, Fairfax Hall was converted late in the 20th century for use as affordable housing for seniors.

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: January 30, 2023