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Hotel Willard

Situado en el corazón de la ciudad de Washington y en las proximidades de la Casa Blanca, el Hotel Willard ha sido escenario de acontecimientos históricos, tanto grandes como pequeños. Además de ser un hotel con elementos arquitectónicos clásicos y una decoración elegante, el Hotel Willard es una institución de Washington y una instalación de 4 estrellas.

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5d3_8680_1.jpgFue fundado por Henry Willard en 1850; el hotel actual se terminó en 1901.

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5d3_8739_1.jpgLa primera delegación de embajadores de Japón se alojó en el Willard en 1860 y declaró que el hotel era más lujoso que la casa de la Secretaría de Estado de EE.UU.. En febrero de 1861, fue el escenario de la conferencia de paz que fue el último esfuerzo para evitar la Guerra Civil. Justo antes de la conclusión de esta conferencia, Abraham Lincoln se coló en el hotel. El secreto era vital, debido a las numerosas amenazas contra su vida. Vivió en el Hotel Willard hasta su inauguración 04 de marzo 1861.

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El principal salto a la fama del hotel fue durante la presidencia de Grant (1869-1877). El hotel estaba a sólo 2 cuadras de la Casa Blanca, y Grant desarrolló el hábito de frecuentar el vestíbulo del hotel para un cigarro y un whisky o brandy. Una leyenda urbana dice que el término “lobbying” (cabildeo) se deriva de los solicitantes de favores que iban en busca de Grant en el lobby (vestíbulo) del hotel.

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5d3_8818_1-1.jpgEl siglo XX

La reunión inaugural de la Asociación Americana del Cáncer se celebró en el Willard en 1907. Woodrow Wilson esbozó la forma temprana de la Sociedad de Naciones en el hotel en 1916. La Asociación de Oficiales de Reserva se fundó allí en 1922, y Martin Luther King Jr. escribió “Yo tengo un sueño” durante su estancia en el hotel en 1963. El Hotel Willard se encuentra ahora en el Registro Nacional de Lugares Históricos.

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Aparte de los acontecimientos históricos, numerosos personajes famosos se han alojado en el Willard. Estos incluyen numerosos presidentes estadounidenses, P.T. Barnum, Charles Dickens, Harry Houdini, Samuel Morse, Mark Twain y Walt Whitman.

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5d3_8837_1.jpgThe first structures to be built at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW were six small houses constructed by Colonel John Tayloe III in 1816. Tayloe leased the six buildings to Joshua Tennison, who named them Tennison’s Hotel. The structures served as a hotel for the next three decades, the leaseholder and name changing several times: Williamson’s Mansion Hotel, Fullers American House, and the City Hotel. By 1847, the structures were in disrepair and Tayloe’s son, Benjamin Ogle Tayloe, was desperate to find a tenant who would maintain the structures and run them profitably.

The Willard Hotel was formally founded by Henry Willard when he leased the six buildings in 1847, combined them into a single structure, and enlarged it into a four-story hotel he renamed the Willard Hotel. Willard purchased the hotel property from Benjamin Tayloe in 1864, but a dispute over the purchase price and the form of payment (paper currency or gold coin) led to a major equity lawsuit which ended up in the Supreme Court of the United States. The Supreme Court split the difference in Willard v. Tayloe. 75 U.S. 557 (1869): The purchase price would remain the same, but Willard must pay in gold coin (which had not depreciated in value the way paper currency had).

Franklin Pierce departs from the Willard Hotel for his inauguration, March 1853
The present 12-story structure, designed by famed hotel architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, opened in 1901. It suffered a major fire in 1922 which caused $250,000 ($3,522,366 as of 2015), in damages. Among those who had to be evacuated from the hotel were Vice President Calvin Coolidge, several U.S. senators, composer John Philip Sousa, motion picture producer Adolph Zukor, newspaper publisher Harry Chandler, and numerous other media, corporate, and political leaders who were present for the annual Gridiron Dinner. For many years the Willard was the only hotel from which one could easily visit all of downtown Washington, and consequently it has housed many dignitaries during its history.

The Willard family sold its share of the hotel in 1946, and due to mismanagement and the severe decline of the area, the hotel closed in 1968. The building sat vacant for years, and numerous plans were floated for its demolition. It eventually fell into a semi-public receivership and was sold to the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation. They held a competition to rehabilitate the property and ultimately awarded it to the Oliver Carr Company and Golding Associates. The two partners then brought in the InterContinental Hotels Group to be a part owner and operator of the hotel. The Willard was subsequently restored to its turn-of-the-century elegance and an office-building contingent was added. The hotel was thus re-opened amid great celebration on August 20, 1986, which was attended by several U.S. Supreme Court justices and U.S. senators. In the late 1990s, the hotel once again underwent significant restoration.

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9 Comments on Hotel Willard

  1. Felicidades al hotel por tener a una Diosa como es Angelica Ferrer a partir de ahora sera un hotel de cinco estrellas un beso feliz año y te adoro
  2. Ameiiii linda , esse hotel é muito luxooooo

    Beijos querida eu vi o seu video no Youtube,.

  3. LucianaMcqueen // January 9, 2015 at 12:20 am //
    hey beautiful Angelica, you’re a very interesting blogger, I really like your post, your page is beautiful and the photos a dream, you travel a lot and this is very interesting too, you do not talk much about fashion but has a splendid taste.

    Kisses from France.

  4. beautiful hotel and you’re wonderful, wanted to meet you.
  5. Adoro suas fotos voce tem muito estilo e fala sobre coisas interessantes nas suas colunas , eu gostaria muito de falar sobre voce no meu blog querida . Eu tentei colocar o meu link mas nao aparece , eu acho que sua pagina para os links nao esta funcionando , eu tenho o seu email Diplomacia.org@gmail.com vou te enviar uma mensagem .

    Um beijo e obrigada.

  6. Camila barretos // January 9, 2015 at 12:30 am //
    Nossa suas fotos sao top, eu gosto do seu estilo nao parece a tipica blogueira , um beijo Angelica eu te sigo no seu intagram.
  7. Pieri Leandro // January 9, 2015 at 12:34 am //
    Angelica lindona eu vi o seu video e ameiii New York é uma cidade realmente linda e voce estava maravilhosa no video, sucesso pra voce minha linda um beijo enorme do seu fã numero um. ❤️
  8. Hello Angelica I love it , the hotel is so beautifulll my darling , thank you so much to sharing

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