Sandra Newman Published 09.04.19 5:31AM ET
The story of Hotel Greene began with an empty piece of real estate in downtown Richmond, Virginia, a space nobody wanted to fill because it was cavernous, mostly underground, and had almost no natural light. It had originally been the restaurant of the John Marshall Hotel, briefly the largest hotel in the South, which had the distinction of opening the day after the stock market crash in 1929. The John Marshall was the kind of hotel that had three ballrooms and included among its guests Elvis Presley and Elizabeth Taylor: the kind of hotel that was doomed to go out of business in the ’80s and be turned into apartments, but retain some awkward, unrentable spaces with decayed vestiges of its former glory. Inevitably, it’s rumored to be haunted.