Morning Photo: The Willard Hotel in 1922

We love the Willard Hotel. Who doesn’t? The place is full of amazing history. We posted a view from the top of the hotel last week and this week we’re posting a view of the hotel. We included this in the Calvin Coolidge post a while back, but the detail of this photo deserves a second look.

The Willard Hotel in 1922 (Shorpy)
The Willard Hotel in 1922 (Shorpy)

Click on the image for greater detail, because it’s pretty amazing. See if you can find anyone in the hotel peaking out the window. I couldn’t, but I’m sure there’s one hiding somewhere … maybe it’s a ghost.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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  • Alice

    Does anyone know what the small pole next to the trash can is? I have one on my street and was curious what it was.

  • Alex

    I love the lone biker going north on 14th Street! Today you’d be crazy to do that!!!

  • G

    Looks like there is somone standing under the flag at the top of the hotel!

  • ZZinDC

    I’m liking the umbrellas for the traffic cops too.

  • Ace

    I like the Flivvers.

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  • Audrey Burtrum-Stanley

    Didn’t spot much ‘hotel wiindow action’ but there is a possible ‘Flag Pole Sitter’ at the corner of the roof! The gent lean’t his head over towards the pole’s base as he works on some item.
    The Willard’s register reads like an international history ledger. Most all the legendary figures of the last 150 years, visiting the capitol city, slumbered there.
    The Willard lobby was where Vice-Pres. Parker said: “What this country needs is a good 5 cent cigar!”
    Millions have incorrectly believed Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I HAVE A DREAM’ speech was composed while he was at the hotel. However, where ever and whatever he wrote ahead of time, was set aside at the last moment. The close King friend, singer Mahalia Jackson was nearby at the front of the Lincoln Memorial. Caught in the fervor of the historic moment, newly recovered recordings now reveal Jackson’s voice being heard prior to the speech’s beginning. The great woman called out: ‘Tell them about THE DREAM, Martin. Tell them about THE DREAM!” So King adlibbed from a greatly admired earlier composition, written somewhere – but not at the Willard Hotel, August 1963.