Monday, June 7, 2010

The Mayflower

While walking down Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C., I passed by the famous Mayflower Hotel. Of course, I went in- to me it’s always intriguing to visit historic buildings and study the interiors.

The Mayflower opened in 1925, and was designed by the New York architectural firm Warren and Wetmore, which also designed Grand Central Station in New York City. At that time, and even today, the hotel is considered the epitome of elegance and luxury; with its classic architectural details, grand chandeliers, marble floors, and antiques
The Mayflower's main entrance on Connecticut Ave. 1928 & 2010
Above: opening day 1925, below: the lobby 2010

Above: the Promenade (year unknown, possibly the eighties) Below: the glittering chandeliers today

The Promenade 1930 & 2010
The Mayflower was the place where many presidential inaugural balls took place, where foreign presidents, dignitaries and movie stars used to stay when visiting Washington. Over the years, the hotel went through many changes, and at one point, Dorothy Draper was involved in makeovers for the hotel. The hotel is now called The Renaissance Mayflower Hotel.

The late President John F. Kennedy inaugural ball, 1961 at the Mayflower

Photos 1,3,5,7,9 by  Amal for Picture of Elegance Blog
Photos 2,4,6,8,10 The Mayflower Hotel: Grande Dame of Washington, D.C.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this wonderful post about the Mayflower Hotel. I urge everyone who visits Washington DC to have a look and they will be impressed. Nice photos.

Picture of Elegance said...

Thanks.The historic Mayflower is a must see destination...

Jeanette {A Passion for Home} said...

It is a lovely hotel. We've attended events there and had the opportunity to stay overnight. The decor represents traditionalism at it's best.

Picture of Elegance said...

Sounds great...


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