The Virginia was the place to see and be seen. In the Ouachita parish Public Library's collection, we have an old menu from the hotel restaurant. Quite interesting to look at! https://louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-orv%3A2
I remember this building when it was used as a state office building. At the time, I marveled at the white marble staircases and knew there was a jewel hidden beneath all those dropped ceilings! Vantage has done an incredible job of restoring the Virginia to it's former glory! https://youtu.be/ggD2hPadH0g
What a great old postcard photo of the Virginia Hotel in it's heyday! The building (now owned by Vantage) is absolutely gorgeous inside!
Postcard showing the Virginia Hotel Restaurant. It was the place to be seen in it's day!
Fairly old photo of St. John Street circa 1945. You can see the Virginia Hotel and Ouachita National Bank building on the left and the Knights of Pythias building on the right.
From the look of the cars, the above photo would have been taken in the 20's. On the west side of the street we can see the old City Hall, the Virginia Hotel and Ouachita National Bank building. On the East side are First Baptist Church, the Old Post Office, Monroe Office Supply/Durrett's Furniture and … Continue reading St. John Street Looking North
Did you know the Virginia Hotel once had a rooftop garden? The Virginia (now the Vantage State Office Building) boasted that you could dance right out of the ballroom into the garden!