Bringing Montfort Hall Back to Life
Historic Italianate mansion, Montfort Hall will be opening soon as a 9 room boutique hotel and event space! The special piece of history is in the process of an extensive restoration. Once re-opened, it will add to the vibrancy of downtown Raleigh. Expecting to open its doors to the public in late fall 2020, the magnificent house will allow for intimate gatherings both indoors and outside.
The visionaries behind the plan to make Montfort Hall an anchor in the local community are husband and wife team, Sarah and Jeff Shepherd. Sarah and Jeff have restored the house’s most notable feature: its gorgeous rotunda which leads up to a stained-glass skylight. They have also created a reception area and two first-floor luxury bridal suites. These suites will have bathrooms with marble walls and French doors that open out to a balcony. Sarah and Jeff have made so many other renovations such as adding arched doorways, skylights and keeping the exposed brick. Additionally, they have refinished the existing structural wood from the 1800s and repurposed it throughout the house.
Montfort Hall, A National and Raleigh Historic Landmark
Montfort Hall was commissioned in 1858 by William Montfort Boylan with the guidance of British architect William Percival. It was completed in 1860 and sits on the highest point of the now historic Boylan Heights neighborhood in Downtown Raleigh. The mansion is one of the few remaining pre-civil war houses in the area. It is also a National and Raleigh Historic Landmark. Over the past 160 years, the house has seen an array of owners and physical changes. However, the home was extremely well built and the structure has truly stood the test of time.
Sarah and Jeff’s vision for the new Montfort Hall comes from a passionate dream of community, connection and inspiration. Sarah and Jeff along with lead architect David Maurer have been working with National Park Services, State Historic Preservation Office, RHDC, and Preservation NC. The goal is for the property to be self-sustaining for the future so it does not fall back into disrepair. As such a unique, iconic house in Raleigh, Sarah and Jeff want the whole community to be able to enjoy the property. They plan on hosting community nights, other special events hosted by the hall and possibly installing a bar. Montfort Hall will also support other local businesses by sourcing goods from them to run the daily operations as well as make contributions and efforts to give back to the community.
Stay tuned for the grand opening of this stunning venue! Booking for 2021 events will start soon.