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Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Wormley's Hotel Site

African American Heritage Trail

 

—1500 H Street, Northwest —

 
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By Allen C. Browne, August 22, 2015
1. Wormley's Hotel Site Marker
Inscription. James Wormley (1819-1884), free-born like his parents, was one of a number of African Americans entrepreneurs with downtown hospitality and service businesses. His five-story Wormley's Hotel opened here in 1871, catering primarily to wealthy and politically powerful white clientele. It hosted the “Wormley Hotel conference,” at which representatives of Republican Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel J. Tilden brokered a deal over the contested presidential election of 1876. This “Compromise of 1877” led to Hayes assuming the Presidency, the removal of troops from the South and the end of federal Reconstruction. Wormley's son sold the hotel in 1893, and Union Trust Bank replaced it in 1906.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, D.C. African American Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 54.006′ N, 77° 2.024′ W. Marker is in Downtown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 15th Street Northwest near 15th Street when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 H Street Northwest, Washington DC 20005, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Dolly Madison House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Cosmos Club
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By Allen C. Browne, August 22, 2015
2. Wormley's Hotel Site Marker
(about 400 feet away); Fleeing the Executive Mansion (about 400 feet away); Site of Chamberlin's (about 400 feet away); The Tayloe House (about 500 feet away); Kosciuszko (about 500 feet away); Freedman’s Savings And Trust (about 500 feet away); United Mine Workers of America Building (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown.
 
Categories. African AmericansIndustry & Commerce
 
James Wormley image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 22, 2015
3. James Wormley
Close-up of Henry Ulke portrait on marker
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4. Wormley's Hotel
American Bar Association Building image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 22, 2015
5. American Bar Association Building
This Beaux Arts building at 613 15th Street was built in 1905-07 as the Metropolitan Bank Building.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 285 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 23, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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