Penn Quarter in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Hotel Washington
recorded by the
of the United States Department
of Interior for its archives
at the Library of Congress.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
Location. 38° 53.804′ N, 77° 2.005′ W. Marker is in Penn Quarter, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest and 15th Street Northwest, on the right on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. At the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance to the W Hotel. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 515 15th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Edgar J. Helms (a few steps from this marker); The Extra Mile (a few steps from this marker); Frederick Douglass 1817 - 1895 (a few steps from this marker); Paul Harris 1868 - 1947 (within shouting distance of this marker); The United States Treasury (within shouting distance of this marker); Edgar Allen 1862 - 1937 (within shouting distance of this marker); Ethel Percy Andrus 1884 - 1967 (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Rhodes Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Penn Quarter.
Also see . . .
1. Hotel Washington. (PDF) National Register Nomination Form. (Submitted on January 2, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. A Many-Storied Inn. by DeNeen L. Brown, The Washington Post, Dec. 31 2007. This article recounts how Elvis Presley had a well-publicized affair with “Raven Haired” Joyce Bova, and later secretly met with Richard Nixon here in the Washington Hotel in 1970. The film “The Godfather: Part II ” was filmed on the hotel's famous roof-top. (Submitted on January 2, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
“The hotel's residential suites have accommodated numerous politically prominent and artistically noteworthy people. Vice President John Nance Garner lived at the hotel throughout his two terms of office (1933-1941) under Franklin D. Roosevelt. Congressman John
With its proximity to the financial district, the hotel attracted businessmen. The brokerage firm of J. S. Bache and Company maintained an office on the first floor for many years, it was replaced by the Two Continents Restaurant. The International Monetary Fund Board of Directors held its first meeting at the Washington on May 8, 1946.
The presence of so many lawmakers and businessmen did not guarantee tranquility at the hotel. The hotel archives contain the reminiscences of Depression-era employees who had to deal with an irascible gun-toting Senator from South Carolina who was intent on shooting a night manager when room service was refused to him at 2:00 a.m. Moreover, Shriners celebrated the end of Prohibition by riding horses into the lobby and the 29th Division of the United States Army attempted to drive a jeep into the hotel for its 1949 reunion.
Entertainers appearing at nearby
— Submitted January 2, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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