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MAY_971003_01.JPG: Mayflower Hotel
The Mayflower Hotel was completed in 1924. Former residents included Everett Dirksen and Huey Long.
In a chance meeting in 1937, US Steel President Myron Taylor ran into United Mine Workers' head John L Lewis during a bitter strike while they were both having lunch. Taylor's wife forced him to invite Lewis to lunch with him and they hammered out an agreement which allowed US Steel's workers to unionize.
The hotel's Grand Ballroom has been the scene of many presidential inaugural parties. John Kennedy, then a Senator, allegedly keep a private suite at the Mayflower during the late 1950's for secret affairs; the Secret Service referred to Suite 812 of the Mayflower as "JFK's playpen."
MAY_971003_03.JPG: The Mayflower Hotel. I was looking for the ABC Studios one night and finally asked two hookers where it was. One of them immediately said "Oh! It's right around the corner from the Mayflower Hotel!"
Wikipedia Description: Mayflower Hotel
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This article is about the hotel in Washington, D.C. There are other historic hotels by the name of Mayflower, including the Mayflower Hotel on the Park in New York City (closed and demolished in 2004), the Mayflower Hotel in Beirut, and the Mayflower Park Hotel in Seattle.
The Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, known locally as simply The Mayflower, is a historic hotel in downtown Washington, DC located on Connecticut Avenue NW, two blocks north of Farragut Square (one block north of the Farragut North Metro station). It is the largest luxury hotel in the U.S. capital and a rival of the nearby Willard InterContinental and Hay-Adams Hotels.
The Mayflower was built by Allen E. Walker, the land developer behind Brookland and other residential neighborhoods of Washington. Nicknamed the "Grande Dame of Washington" at its opening in 1925, the hotel was said to contain more gold trim than any other building except the Library of Congress. An extensive renovation completed in 1988 uncovered decorative effects, including a skylight, which had been covered up to mask the hotel's opulence during the Great Depression.
Shortly after opening, the Mayflower hosted a ball for the presidential inauguration of Calvin Coolidge. Although Coolidge himself never arrived, the hotel has sponsored a ball every Inauguration Day since. Franklin D. Roosevelt worked on his famous "We have nothing to fear but fear itself" inaugural address while a guest. His successor Harry S. Truman resided there for the first 90 days of his presidential term while the White House was undergoing renovations, and declared his intention to run for the presidency in 1948 at a dinner there. The Mayflower's lounge, Town & Country, has long been a social center for Washington's elite. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was said to lunch there daily for over twenty years. In 1975, the Mayflower was the site of former Peace Corps and Office of Economic Opportun ...More...
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From 1981 to 2002, photos were taken using a Pentax ME Super camera.
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Trips this year: North Carolina (Dad), Florida (Mom), using a time share in Arkansas to visit Civil War sites in Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Civil War became my excuse to see places I'd never been to in my life and it was a great motivator for 20 years or so.
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