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.
Location. 38° 53.8′ N, 77° 2.008′ W. Marker is in Penn Quarter, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and 15th Street Northwest. Touch for map. At the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance to the W Hotel. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Extra Mile (here, next to this marker); Dr. Edgar J. Helms (a few steps from this marker); Frederick Douglass 1817 - 1895 (within shouting distance of this marker); The United States Treasury (within shouting distance of this marker); Paul Harris 1868 - 1947 (within shouting distance of this marker); Edgar Allen 1862 - 1937 (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus 1884 - 1967 (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexander Hamilton Memorial (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 (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 W. McCormack, and Speaker of the House of Representatives during the Lyndon Johnson Administration, maintained an apartment throughout his 46 years of Congressional service; and Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy resided there during his appointment on the bench (1940-1949) . Each year he hosted a presidential birthday dinner at the hotel. In addition, the hotel housed as many as fifty members of the House of Representatives and five Senators
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 theaters also found the Hotel Washington a convenient place to live. A fifty-year employee of the hotel recalled that the entire cast of the Ziegfeld Follies once stayed there and rehearsed on the rooftop. The hotel's guest register has been studded with celebrity names: Will Rogers, John Wayne, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, George Burns, and Gracie Allen.” — NRHP
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