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There are four private and semi-private dining spaces at Lemaire for you to choose from, each a different size, style and price. The largest room is the Valentine Room, which overlooks Franklin Street and the Jefferson Hotel’s main entrance, and can accommodate up to 60 people. With its original wood crown molding and custom, hand-blown glass chandeliers, The Valentine Room combines old Southern charm with sophistication. The name alone reflects more history: The Valentine Room was named after the famous sculptor and Richmond native, Edward V. Valentine, who was commissioned in 1895 to sculpt a life-sized, marble statue of Thomas Jefferson. And the coolest part? The statue still stands in the Jefferson Hotel’s Palm Court lobby.
The adjoining Gibson Room can be accessed from either the restaurant’s lounge or through the Valentine Room. This room can hold 18 guests at one table or 24 at separate round tables, so how it’s arranged depends on you and your group. Another interesting tidbit: The original “pocket doors,” often found in historic Richmond homes, were preserved in the Gibson Room, and now provide privacy for groups.
The Library is Lemaire’s most popular private dining room, oozing elegance and historical American artifacts. Filled with rich African mahogany woodwork, classic works of literature, a few original pieces of artwork from the hotel’s opening in 1895 and the original fireplace mantel, the Library actually focuses on The Soap Bubbles, a painting by Elizabeth Fardner. The Library can seat up to 20 guests at one table or 30 at separate round tables.
For all you wine enthusiasts, we recommend renting out the restaurant’s smallest private dining room, the Ginter Room, where Lemaire houses its prestigious wines. The room was named after Lewis Ginter, The Jefferson Hotel’s founder, and can comfortably seat up to 12 people. The Ginter Room combines with all the other rooms at Lemaire to give you a variety of ways to host your next events, whether it’s just you and your family or a special event.
The largest dining room, the Valentine Room, overlooks historic Franklin Street and the hotel’s main entrance. With its original wood crown molding and hand-blown glass custom chandeliers, this room is a dazzler. Named for the famous sculptor and Richmond native, Edward V. Valentine, who sculpted the priceless Thomas Jefferson statue that resides in the Palm Court lobby, The Valentine can accommodate up to 60 guests at round tables. The adjoining room to the Valentine is the Gibson Room. This room can be accessed from either the lounge or the Valentine Room. The original pocket doors, often found in historic Richmond homes, were preserved and provide privacy for our groups. The Gibson can accommodate up to 18 at one table or 24 at separate round tables. The Library is the most requested private dining room because of its rich African mahogany woodwork, classic works of literature lining the shelves and the original fireplace mantel create an intimate setting. The Soap Bubbles, painted by artist Elizabeth Fardner, is the focal point of the room and one of the few remaining original pieces of art from the hotel’s opening in 1895. The Library can seat up to 20 guests at one table or 30 at separate round tables. The smallest private dining room, the Ginter Room, also houses Lemaire’s prestigious wines. Named for Major Lewis Ginter, the hotel’s founder, this room provides an intimate setting for up to 12 guests at one long table.