The Willard InterContinental has hosted the world's political and social elite, from U.S. presidents and foreign dignitaries to celebrities, and has been the site of many historic moments since 1818. Combining American renaissance and luxury, the Willard is one of the world’s grandest and most iconic hotels. It is a four-diamond luxury hotel, and a celebrated Washingtonian landmark, just a stone's throw from the White House. Affectionately referred to as the “Residence of Presidents,” the Willard has welcomed every U.S. President since Franklin Pierce in 1853. The hotel’s 335 luxurious rooms and suites celebrate Washington D.C.’s rich history. With some of the largest hotel rooms in the city, ranging from 325 square feet to 2,500 square feet there is a selection of classic guest rooms and suites that fuse contemporary luxury and historic charm.
The Willard InterContinental humbly began as a row-house in 1818 on the corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. In 1847, brothers Henry and Edwin Willard leased the row-house and assumed the role of innkeepers. In 1850, the brothers purchased the hotel, naming it Willard's City Hotel and expanded by uniting the six original buildings behind a shared facade. In 1900, demolition of the original Willard began and the new Willard was built by the George A. Fuller Company to the designs of the famous architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh. In 1968, facing an uncertain future, the hotel shut it's doors and was in danger of demolition. Thanks to a $73 million restoration project curated by the National Park Service, the hotel was recreated to be as historically accurate as possible. Under the management of the InterContinental hotel chain, the Willard InterContinental re-opened in 1986 and today is a member of Historic Hotels of America and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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