Our Buildings

The Georges occupies three buildings in downtown Lexington—the Washington Building, the Marshall Building, and since 2019, The Patton Room. The Washington and Marshall Buildings are two of Lexington’s oldest surviving structures, both built over 200 years ago, and have each served as private homes, shops, inns and offices over the course of their existence. With both buildings elegantly restored in 2014, our guests will find the best of modern amenities with all the original character, charm and history.

Then, when the building next door to the Marshall Building became available in 2018, the owners knew it was the ideal space and the perfect backdrop for special occasions at The Georges. Formerly an auto mechanic shop and photographic studio, The Patton Room became the latest addition to The Georges, added in 2019 after a year of tasteful renovation as a versatile private event space.

Learn more about each of our historic buildings below.

Morning light on the Georgian-style Washington Building, one of the oldest structures in Lexington circa 1789
The garden terrace entrance to the Marshall Building lined with boxwood and crepe myrtle and two stories of restored porches running the length of the building
A view of The Patton Room building from the street, showing brick exterior and hand-lettered sign.

Washington Building

Located on the corner of Main and Washington, the Georgian-style Washington Building is one of the oldest surviving structures in Lexington. Historically called the Alexander Withrow House, it took its name from two historic owners—William Alexander, one of the area’s earliest settlers and first postmasters, who built the house in 1789; and the Withrow family, who owned the building from 1875 to 1969.

The building, and its renovations through the years, tell the story of our town. In 1796, when nearly all of Lexington was destroyed by a great fire, this building was one of only two left standing, along with The Castle on Randolph Street. In 1851, when the city lowered the streets, the house received a new level underpinning it. Then in 1855, owner George Baker replaced the original gable roof with a stylish, Italianate one.

The Historic Lexington Foundation was formed in 1966 to raise funds to purchase significant city buildings, stabilize them structurally, and resell them with protective covenants requiring that the exteriors remain essentially true to their roots. The Washington Building was the foundation’s first acquisition. It became part of a larger project to revitalize the entire block of North Main Street between Washington and Henry, and it purchased the building from the Withrows in 1969 and oversaw a significant renovation to stabilize the exterior in 1970.

In 2013, The Georges Hotel purchased the building and finished a complete renovation in the spring of 2014, and reintroduced it as the Washington Building. Today, we offer five suites in this beautiful three-level brick townhouse, which is on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. It is also home to the casual Haywood’s piano bar restaurant.

Natural light filled suite bathroom with freestanding soaking tub, marble and subway tile shower with glass door, marble topped fresh oak vanity and light green and gray trellis wallpaper
Carved wood and upholstered bed with crisp white linens, black and white striped throw, tangerine upholstered bench at the foot, black bedside tables with contemporary lamps, landscape painting above a black dresser and light shining through white plantation shutters

Marshall Building

The Marshall Building, just across the street from the Washington Building, represents three periods of construction. Even though it has long been painted to look like one building, we love the charm of each wing. If you look closely, you’ll see small changes in the brickwork and the slightly different window sizes.

The oldest section of the house was erected in 1809 by John McCampbell. In 1816, a small section on the southern end was added, and in 1857 a large addition was made to the northern end of the building. The structure has served many purposes—from a residence to a jewelry store, doctor’s office, telegraph and post office, and, of course, a hotel.

When owner John Lindsey added porches to the side and rear of the building in 1907, the property became the Central Hotel. It operated as a hotel and boarding house for nearly 65 years, but fell into disrepair. In 1971, the Historic Lexington Foundation purchased the inn, stabilized it, and restored the exterior by the following year. The building then sat empty for another decade until Peter and Susan Meredith rescued it, oversaw an extensive and thoughtful renovation, and it became a guest inn once more in 1979.

We reopened the inn as part of The Georges in the spring of 2014 and renamed it the Marshall Building. It now features 13 stately guest rooms and suites across its four floors. On the street level, you’ll also find our reception area, along with TAPS, our lobby lounge.

Two vintage elephant garden stools holding plush white towels under a marble vanity in beautiful bathroom
A photo of the interior of The Patton Room showing elegant white high top table and chairs

The Patton Room

The Patton Room is the newest addition to The Georges.

The luxe venue is ideal for upscale social events, weddings and senior-management conferences. The flexible venue is a natural light filled blank canvas with unique details such as salvaged windows that were refurbished into mirrored rolling screens to use inside the space. This element was actually featured on DIY Network’s Salvage Dawgs. From weddings and receptions, rehearsal dinners, business conferences, lectures, pop-ups and more, The Patton Room is the perfect place for an intimate occasion. The Patton Room is 1,700 square feet and can accommodate up to 250 standing and 160 seated.