Originally completed in 1899 to house the U.S. Post Office Department Headquarters and the District’s post office, the Old Post Office Building is the second-tallest structure in the Nation’s Capital, after the Washington Monument. For most of the twentieth century, the building seemed destined for demolition, but was saved through the efforts of dedicated preservationists. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has become one of Washington’s favorite landmarks. In 2012, The Trump Organization was selected by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for this sought-after repositioning opportunity. The hotel is currently flagged Waldorf Astoria.
The greatest assets of the building are its iconic exterior façade, interior cortile, and soaring clock tower. The historic elements were meticulously preserved. The clock tower, with its incredible 360-degree views of the District, is open to the public, and members of the Washington Ringing Society are able to continue their tradition of ringing the Congress Bells. Working in conjunction with the National Park Service, our goal was to create a more interactive, educational and comprehensive experience for guests and visitors.
The 262 suites and penthouses are designed to be the most luxurious in the city. During the redevelopment process, we worked closely with the National Capital Planning Commission, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, D.C. Historic Preservation Office, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, National Park Service, D.C. government and the GSA to carefully preserve and rehabilitate each of the Old Post Office building’s historic elements while simultaneously positioning the building for success in its new role.
The hotel has expansive banquet facilities, ballroom and meeting spaces, as well as a spa and indoor and outdoor gardens. A curated museum and exhibition gallery record and celebrate the Old Post Office building’s long and compelling history. Additionally, world-class restaurants, cafes and a bar and lounge bring energy to the building’s unrivaled location. Spectacular outdoor-dining experiences are located on the building’s front and back plazas. All of these amenities, and many others, will be open to the public and will bring new vitality to Pennsylvania Avenue and the District.
WDG is the Executive Architect, in collaboration with Design Architect Beyer Blinder Belle.
Historic landmark repositioning of the Old Post Office Pavilion to a 499,247-sf, 262-suite luxury hotel with 39,000-sf meeting space, 13,000-sf grand ballroom, retail, spa, and museum.