Gabriel Johnston Hotel
- 16,000 square feet
- Lot Size: 0.63 acres / Zoning: Commercial
Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation
The Gabriel Johnston Hotel, (c.1935) in downtown Smithfield, is the last of Smithfield’s old hotels. A late 1930s interpretation of the Federal Revival style is evident in the stone splayed keystone lintels over the windows and Flemish-bond brickwork. It has Art-Deco style shallow pilasters. From 1963-1998, the three-and-a-half story hotel served as town offices. The building was purchased in 1999 by its current owners, who completed work including the replacement of the roof, interior demolition, and asbestos abatement; however, the building still requires extensive rehabilitation. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, there are many financial incentives for rehabilitation available. This building would make an ideal mixed-use facility with downstairs restaurant and office space and inn rooms or apartments on the upper floors. Property includes 40+ parking spaces. For more information and additional photos: www.downtownsmithfield.com/index.php/available. A 2011 feasibility study is available at www.downtownsmithfield.com/images/property-PDFS/HotelGJreport.pdf.