The brick walls of the Janney-Marshall Building near Fredericksburg’s train station were once lined with shelves of groceries. Now, under the contract work of John Janney, the walls are constructed around spotless kitchens with gorgeous countertops. What used to be a wholesale grocery supplier off Princess Anne Street has been transformed into a luxurious apartment complex. The Janney-Marshall Building apartments are now up for rent, allowing you to experience a deluxe home with a preserved history.
The Janney-Marshall was built in three parts, the front third of which was built two years after the Civil War. The middle third was built between 1880 and 1890, when the South was becoming more prosperous. The back third was built in 1905, when steel beams were added to preserve the foundation. The wholesale grocery business, which was opened from the building’s completion, closed in 2018. Nancy Russler, who worked at the building for 68 years, sold it to John Janney.
“It’s a big presence here,” Janney said, as the building is beloved by the surrounding neighborhood.
Janney was inspired by the current process of transforming former tobacco warehouses into apartments, a process streamlined in Richmond. He and his team built the interior of the apartments throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and were fortunate enough to never suffer through a single positive COVID test. “It’s got good bones,” Janney said, noting that they were able to keep the brick walls and steel beams exposed.
Janney believes people enjoy the look of the apartments, as they convey a “warm, homey feeling.” Potential residents have been fascinated by learning of the building’s foundation, both literally (much of the building’s foundation is intentionally exposed) and figuratively. He also believes that the history of the Janney-Marshall Building provides a vibrant and rich backdrop for a unique home.
Look into renting one of the Janney Marshall apartments at Olde Towne Property Management.