Posts Tagged ‘old post office’

Donald Trump’s Luxury Hotel Officially Breaks Ground

Heaped with praise from city and federal officials, Donald Trump officially broke ground this morning on his $200 million project to convert the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue NW into a luxury hotel.
"I promise you, this will be a great not only hotel, but economic development project," Trump proclaimed at the ceremony.
"Today, we're shovel-ready," [...]

Old Post Office Renovation Will Close Clock Tower for Two Years

The clock tower and observation deck at the Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue will close next week for two years as Donald Trump's organization begins its renovation of the 1889 building into a $200 million luxury hotel.
At 315 feet, the clock tower is the third-tallest structure in the District. Its observation deck, 270 feet off [...]

Donald Trump Takes a Fawning D.C. by Storm

Break out the politicos, the superlatives, and the Apprentice jokes: Donald Trump is in town.
The real estate magnate, TV personality, and near-presidential candidate stopped by the Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue this morning to present his plans to convert the 1899 building into a $200 million luxury hotel. Mayor Vince Gray, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, and half the [...]

Trumps Finalize Deal for Old Post Office Hotel

The transformation of the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue NW into a luxury hotel took a big step forward today with an announcement from the General Services Administration that it's reached a deal with Donald and Ivanka Trump.
According to a press release from GSA, the agreement cements a 60-year lease for the Trumps [...]

Trumptastic! The Donald Wins the Old Post Office

Holy shit. Looks like this Thursday's hearing might've lit a fire under the General Services Administration's butt, and they went ahead and awarded the Old Post Office to the Trump Organization.
It's a win for the guy who last renovated the place, Arthur Cotton Moore, who consulted for the Trumps on their bid. The tipster who [...]

House Committee to Berate GSA Again For Dragging Feet on Old Post Office

About a year ago, House Republicans held a hearing on wasteful use of federal government buildings, using the location backdrop of the vacant Old Post Office annex to dramatize the issue. Soon after, the General Services Administration got its act together and invited bids for the costly building, drawing a flurry of proposals—with respondents including Donald [...]

How Many Hotels is Too Many?

Writing about the Old Post Office a couple weeks ago, I theorized that downtown's hotel market might be "saturated," even though most proposals for the building's redevelopment involve a hotel component. That observation was based on the fact that there are so many hotel rooms in the pipeline: 1,600 by the Convention Center, another 238 [...]

Going Postal

Around 10 every morning, while custodians in face masks polish the railings inside the Old Post Office Pavilion with white cloths, Lilia Tuvilla takes a green covering off her kiosk on the mezzanine level of the cavernous building, puts the racks of inexpensive jewelry in order, and waits for vacationers in sandals and fanny packs [...]

Pit Stops: Old Post Office

The latest installment in an occasional series on restrooms of interest. Peed anywhere neat recently? Let me know.
The regular restrooms in the downstairs public area of the Old Post Office on Pennsylvania are useful enough, from a tourist's perspective. But the ones on the upper floors, currently reserved for employees of the National Endowments for [...]

Jewish Museum at Old Post Office Could Be D.C.’s First Daniel Libeskind

Gradually, gradually, the big-name out-of-town modern architects are planting their flags in D.C. To grumbling from classicists, Frank Gehry's got the Eisenhower memorial. Eastbanc commissioned Enrique Norten for their West End project. And now, World Trade Center master planner* Daniel Libeskind has a crack at a spot in D.C., with the National Museum of the [...]