Thanks to the Sierra Club Falls of the James Group for their support!

Much thanks to the Sierra Club Falls of the James Group for their support!

As reported in The Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Notable Gifts:
Sierra Club’s Falls of the James Group has awarded $5,000 to Hostelling International for the adaptive reuse of the Otis Elevator Co. building on North Second Street downtown.

Interested in learning more about the Richmond Hostel project? Follow this blog, and “like” our fan page on Facebook for updates.

Please consider giving a donation to the Richmond Hostel. Details are here. Be sure to choose “Richmond Hostel Development” as your choice on the “Program Designation” drop down menu.


Style Weekly’s article: Destination RVA

Style Weekly’s photo by Scott Elmquist

Don’t miss this week’s issue of Style Weekly, available in Style’s street boxes and your favorite local establishments.  You’ll find a update on the hostel inside (here).

Great quote from the article: “There’s already a demand,” says Sarah Weisiger, the chairwoman of the Richmond Hostel Committee. “I was giving a tour to somebody and a group rang the doorbell asking if we were open.”

Hostel Interview on WRIR

Hostel interview on WRIR

An interview about the hostel airs Friday, Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. on WRIR 97.3 fm Richmond Independent Radio with Open Source RVA. In the photo above, Christopher “Max” Maxwell discusses hostel renovations with show host Chris Dovi.

You can listen to this radio show locally on WRIR 97.3 fm.

If you missed the live show, try checking Open Source RVA’s Radio4All page sometime after the date.

Construction Starts at HI Richmond Hostel

Exciting things are happening for the HI Richmond Hostel…
Photos and information courtesy of Christopher “Max” Maxwell.

Construction begins

Dominion Virginia Power disconnected the electricity to make it safe for the masons to begin replacing loose mortar. Power lines were depowered at 5:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov.18 , the lifts were dropped off and the sidewalk blocked.

Close up of the hostel building

Above right is a close up showing loose degraded mortar being ground out. On the closest corner you can see  a spot where bricks fell out during a storm a few months ago.

Laying out plastic
Above, Contractor Wilson Enochs lays out plastic to keep the mortar off the sidewalk.Power reconnnected

And by 5:50 p.m. the power had been reconnected.

Scaffolding went up

Scaffolding went up Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19 and 20. Next up will be the repair of the historic front windows.

Walk by the hostel to take a look for yourself. And keep up with our latest updates on our facebook page.