About The Chamberlin

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ENJOY RETIREMENT IN GRAND STYLE

Built in classic Beaux Arts style during the Roaring 1920s, The Chamberlin was once one of the most opulent
hotels in the nation. Today, the grandeur of the past has been magnificently restored with resort-style
amenities and 58 different apartment floor plans to suit any taste or budget. Our stylish residences
offer high ceilings, sleek appliances, granite counter tops, plush carpeting and breathtaking views.
Professionally managed by Harmony Senior Services, The Chamberlin is one of the finest examples of Harmony’s
eye for detail and commitment to resident comfort and support. The minute you step inside The Chamberlin,
you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. Just like home should be.

 

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THE CHAMBERLIN HISTORY
The Chamberlin was built in 1927 not far from the site of earlier hotel, The Hygeia, which once invited the wealthy and well-heeled to soak in the stunning views and cool breezes of the Chesapeake Bay. Even poet Edgar Allen Poe paid a visit, reciting “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee” before delighted guests on the Hygeia’s porch in 1849. After serving briefly as a hospital during the Civil War, The Hygeia was torn down. A new hotel built in its place was destroyed by fire in 1920. The Chamberlin emerged nearby as a grand new hotel built in a style befitting the dynamic cultural and artistic change that marked the Roaring Twenties. By the 1990s, however, The Chamberlin had lost its luster as a vacation destination. Enter a visionary group of investors who purchased the old hotel and spent years renovating and restoring every magnificent inch. In 2008, The Chamberlin reopened its doors as a premier waterfront retirement community, enticing residents with the same panoramic Chesapeake Bay views and fresh sea breezes that have welcomed guests for nearly 200 years.

 

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FORT MONROE HISTORY
Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and named for the nation’s 5th President, James Monroe, Fort Monroe was originally fortified in 1609. It was further constructed following the War of 1812 to protect the Hampton Roads waterway from enemy attack. Built at a cost of nearly $2 million, the Fort covered 63 acres of land and took more than 15 years to complete. It remained a Union stronghold throughout the Civil War, with the epic Battle of the Ironclads taking place just offshore. After serving its final mission in 2011, Fort Monroe is today being re-purposed as a live, work and play community filled with panoramic bay views, nature trails, restaurants and beaches. The Fort is still home to 169 historic structures, including The Chamberlin.

 

 

Location

The Chamberlin is located on Historic Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, at Old Point Comfort. Built in 1927, the 9-story Beaux Arts building overlooks the Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads. The Chamberlin is part of the Fort Monroe Historic District and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Virginia’s Landmarks Register. The Chamberlin is approximately 80 miles from Richmond, VA, and 180 miles from Washington, D.C.

2 Fenwick Road
Hampton, VA 23651
(757) 637-7200

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