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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Jefferson Hotel Christmas 2015 New Years

Steve and I visit the Hotel Jefferson every year at Christmas.
A mood setter for sure.



Beautiful frosty lit fountain with alligator escaping to greet at entrance.




As I posted in earlier posts of our visit to the Jefferson,  the story of the alligators'.
Richmond's and hotel guests donated pet alligator's to the hotel where they lived in the Palm courts marble pools.  The last of the gators "Old Pompey"  in 1948,  died.


A glance  up before venturing in

 The Jefferson was elected in 1969 to the National Register of  Historic places
and it's beaux arts style architecture is considered to be among the finest examples in existence









A close up of "Old Pompey".   He lies at the foot of the arbor with wrought iron Victorian bench surrounded by festive Christmas decor.



You can see him in the distance next to the arbor










dripping crystal garland






Thomas Jefferson in the distance


Elegantly dressed mirror with cascading red velvet ribbons with velvet covered boxes at the base


Edward V Valentine,  a Richmond sculptor created the life-size image from Carrera marble.
Clothing actually worn by Jefferson was borrowed by Valentine in which he copied for the sculpture.
2 years and $12,000 later it was complete.




Stained glass above in Palm Court





cotton is in the tree to give a look of snow


to the lower level



a decorated tree at the end of the staircase




A short video of tree  here  -  https://youtu.be/8XlT1AoXw1Q


Gift shop closed 


Some books I see by a local author that two of the grandchildren should be interested in reading.






sorry for fuzzy pictures, need a steadier hand I guess



gingerbread village ingredients



On our way out.  The  reason for our season and all things beautiful because of it





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6 comments:

happeningswithLana said...

How pretty!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

WOW, now that's my kind of place to visit or better yet to stay at, if not too expensive! The stain glass is extraordinary! So beautiful! And the alligator is pretty cute too! I need to go back and look at your blog with the story of the alligators. That reminds me of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN where they have ducks staying on the roof of the hotel and every morning the duck keeper brings them down the elevator, down the red carpet and into the beautiful lobby fountain where they swim all day, and then in the eve it's back to the roof! Such a cute thing to see.
Thanks for sharing and I hope your New Year is off to a good start!
Gina

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

have you ever had the Jefferson's Sunday brunch...a fun Mother's Day or Easter thing to do. My friend made all the country Santa Clauses at the base of the tree and has written a book about them too. So beautiful. Love the Jefferson. Happy New Yer

Rose M Rodriguez said...

Hello there! Betsy!
Lovely pictures and so much to see so beautifully decorated!
I love the beauty of your state, Virginia!
Thank you for your visit !
hugs, Rose

Denise inVA said...

An incredible place and I thought your photos were great Betsy.

I am back from vacation. Thanks for visiting when I was gone. My first journal post is http://anenglishgirlrambles2016.blogspot.com/2016/01/first-day-of-vacation-washington-dulles.html

Happy New Year!

Terri Steffes said...

What a gorgeous place! I am a Christmas blogger, too and got this great idea! I'm starting a facebook page for Christmas bloggers! Please join me! My Facebook name is Terri Oliver Steffes. You'll have to friend me first, then I can add you! So excited!