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262-0004 Monterey Hotel (Highland Inn)

Monterey Hotel (Highland Inn)
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 10/16/1973

NRHP Listing Date 01/18/1974

NPS property number 74002130

Built in 1904, this relic of a bygone era is Monterey’s signature landmark. From the mid-19th century through the early 20th century western Virginia was dotted with numerous resort hotels offering a salubrious climate for visitors seeking to escape the summer heat and unwholesome airs of the seaboard cities. A more hurried life style, easier long distance travel, and air conditioning resulted in the demise of nearly all of these hostelries, making the Monterey Hotel a rare survival. The hotel’s first owner was S. W. Crummett of Staunton, who commissioned the Eustler brothers of Grottoes to construct the building for $6,000. Its dominate feature is the inviting wrap-around Eastlake gallery with its lacy spindle friezes. Early guests include Harvey Firestone and Henry Ford. At the time of its listing, th restored hotel hosted visitors under the name Highland Inn.


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

Updated April 4, 2018