Monday, May 7, 2012

To Dr. Weitzel from the Senator Carter Glass

 One of our Maury Place at Monument suites is "Addie's Suite." It features a double canopy bed, a working fireplace, and a beautiful private bath en suite with a tiled walk-in shower. The room is named for Addie Sturdevant, for whom Maury Place was built in 1916.

During our renovation of Maury Place in 2006, we toured Maury Place with John Weitzel III, the grandson of Dr. John Weitzel, who was Maury Place's most long term resident. Dr. Weitzel built the building next door to Maury Place in 1928 for his pediatrics practice. Today, that building--which Mac and I also own--has two apartments. In the course of touring the house with John Weitzel III, we discovered that Addie's Suite was Dr. Weitzel's own bedroom. For that reason, we have displayed by the door of Addie's Suite this piece of correspondence addressed to Dr. Weitzel from the United States Senate.

This weekend, Barbara, a guest who stayed in Addie's Suite--and who previously worked for the United States Senate--took a particular interest in the letter and sought to discover who the Senator was who wrote Dr. Weitzel. Her research at the Virginia Historical Society uncovered that the letter was from United States Senator Carter Glass (1858-1946) of Virginia, who appeared on the cover of Time magazine when he was mentioned as a possible Vice Presidential candidate in 1924. Senator Glass was not chosen, but he sponsored a major banking reform bill. Barbara kindly shared this information with us before her departure!

This goes to show, that there is always something new to learn about the history of Maury Place. Thank you, Barbara, for another bit of historic information related to Maury Place at Monument.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument