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Restoring Grandeur: The 1980s Renovation of the Willard Hotel
Take a look back at the Willard Hotel's major renovations in the 1980s with this aerial image of the iconic Washington, D.C. hotel. Learn more about the history of the Willard Hotel with this post!
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Willard Hotel Photos From 1904
What did the Willard Hotel look like just after it was built in the early 1900s. This series of photos shows the ornate interior as it was back then.
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Take a Trip Down Memory Lane: Peacock Alley in the Willard Hotel
Take a break from the negative news and take a trip down memory lane with this cool photo of Peacock Alley in the Willard Hotel. Date unknown, but estimated to be from the 1920s.
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Uncovering a Historical Gem: the Willard Hotel around the Year 1904
Take a look at this amazing photo of the Willard Hotel from the year 1904. See what the building looked like in that era and click to learn more. Source: Library of Congress.
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Uncovering the Willard Hotel's Room Service Menu from the 1950s or 1960s
Uncovering a fascinating piece of DC history! Check out this old menu for the Willard Hotel's room service, dating back to the 1950s or 1960s. Learn more about this find at Discover DC History.
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Exploring the Historic National Hotel: Where Presidents, Assassinations, and Dueling Were Once Plotted
A look at the historic National Hotel, once located at 6th & Pennsylvania Ave. Presidents and duels were plotted there, and John Wilkes Booth stayed there before Lincoln's assassination. The Newseum now stands in its place.
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A Blast From the Past: An Amazing Photo of the Willard Hotel in 1976
Get a glimpse of history with this amazing photo from 1976 of the Willard Hotel, looking northwest across 14th St. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
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A Glimpse of History: Viewing the Willard Hotel in 1904
Get a glimpse of history with this old photo of the Willard Hotel in 1904. View looking up 14th St. to the right and Pennsylvania Ave. to the left. Click the image to see a much larger version and be amazed by the details.
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The Incredible Story of Private Paul J. McDuff: A Ninth-Floor Rescue from the 1940s
This is the incredible story of Private Paul J. McDuff, as published in the Washington Post in June 1949. Three brave policemen saved McDuff from plunging to his death from the ninth-floor ledge of the Willard Hotel, in a scene of suspense and drama. Read the full story here!
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A Glimpse into the Past: An Amazing Shot of What Would Become Federal Triangle in 1932
Take a look back in time with this amazing shot of what would become Federal Triangle in Washington, D.C. in 1932. See the Old Post Office Pavilion, Southern Railway Building, and District Building in this historic photo.
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The Wild and Violent Life of Congressman Philemon T. Herbert
Follow the wild and violent life of Congressman Philemon T. Herbert, from his carousing in California to his fateful altercation with a waiter in Washington, DC. Read all about his story here!
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Pass the Afternoon Studying This Amazing Photo of the Willard Hotel and Old Post Office
Pass the afternoon by studying this amazing photo of Washington, D.C. Featuring the Willard Hotel and Old Post Office tower. Amazing detail, including a view of the landmarks. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
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Mark Twain in DC: Humor at Congressional Copyright Hearings
Discover the story of Mark Twain's visit to DC in December of 1906 as he testified before Congress on copyright hearings. His testimony was sprinkled with humor to lighten the mood of the committee. Read the article to find out more!
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Arrival of First Japanese Embassy at the Navy Yard (1860)
In January 1860, the Tokugawa shogunate sent a delegation to the United States with the primary objective of ratifying the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation (aka, the Harris Treaty). Commodore Matthew Perry (not Chandler) had opened Japan (forcefully) in 1854 and this was the first Japanese diplomatic mission sent to the United States. This historic event is particularly...
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Exploring the Willard Hotel: A Look at the Amazing History and Detail of the 1922 Photo
Take a look at the amazing history and detail of the 1922 photo of the Willard Hotel. See if you can find anyone in the hotel peaking out the window. Maybe it's a ghost!
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Flipping the Order of My Posts: An Afternoon Photo Post from 14th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Today, I'm flipping the order or my posts and kicking the morning off with a cool old photo from Shorpy, taken at the intersection of 14th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Click the photo for a higher resolution image and share this one with your friends on Facebook.
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Edward M. Fossler's Tragic Death at the New Willard Hotel in 1903
This macabre story from the Washington Post in 1903 chronicles the tragic death of Edward M. Fossler, an elevator conductor at the New Willard Hotel. Learn more about this gruesome accident and the hotel that wasn't even fully complete yet.
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The Night Calvin Coolidge Was Challenged by a Fire Marshall at the Willard Hotel
In 1922, Calvin Coolidge and his family had a unique experience while staying at the Willard Hotel in DC. Find out what happened when he was challenged by a fire marshall in the middle of the night!
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The Downfall of Pat Garrett After His Disastrous Meeting with Theodore Roosevelt
In December 1905 Pat Garrett came to Washington to seek reappointment as customs collector. Unfortunately, he had lost his good standing with President Theodore Roosevelt by associating with Tom Powers. Teddy was incensed and Garrett was not reappointed. This began his gradual path to destitution and eventual murder in 1908.
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Congressman Joseph G. Cannon: The Most Powerful Speaker of the House in US History
Joseph G. Cannon served as Speaker of the House from 1903-1911 and is considered by many to be the most powerful Speaker of the House in American history. Read more to learn about his legacy!
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In Hotel Lobbies: Kicking off a New Category with the Story of Buffalo Bill in Washington, DC
Explore the history of Buffalo Bill in Washington, DC with the first entry in a new blog category, 'In Hotel Lobbies'. Learn about his Wild West Show, his friendship with Senator Warren, and his project to irrigate the Big Horn Basin.
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Celebrating Walter Johnson and the Washington Senators' 1924 World Series Win
Celebrate Walter Johnson and the Washington Senators' 1924 World Series win with us! Read about the Willard Hotel celebration, the World Series games, and the 1924 World Series program.
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A Look into Washington DC's Streetcar Past
Travel back in time to Washington DC in the early 1900s and 1940s with these amazing YouTube videos. From postal workers and streetcars, get a glimpse into the District's streetcar past.
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