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WARD_970909_01.JPG: Wardman Tower
Wardman Park was Washington's largest and grandest hotel when it was completed in the 1920's. The 1929 Stock Market Crash destroyed Harry Wardman's fortune and his property was seized by his creditors. The Sheraton Corporation bought Wardman Park, including the Wardman Tower apartment complex, in 1953 and began rebuilding the Park. When it was completed in 1980, the Sheraton-Washington Hotel, encompassing 12 acres, was still Washington DC's largest hotel.
The Wardman Tower itself, which is pictured here, was designed by Mihran Mesrobian and built in 1928 by Harry Wardman as a residential annex to his hotel complex. The Tower was home to more top-ranking government officials than any other apartment building in Washington. Residents here included Lyndon Johnson, Dwight Eisenhower, Herbert Hoover (all three being US Presidents), Spiro Agnew, Henry Wallace, Charles Curtis (all three being Vice Presidents), Clare Booth Luce, Barry Goldwater, John Foster Dulles (Secy of State), Millard Tydings (Senator), Adlai Stevenson, Perle Mesta (socialite and diplomat), and Earl Warren.
Wikipedia Description: Marriott Wardman Park
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The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel is a Marriott International property in Washington, D.C.. The hotel is located in the Woodley Park neighborhood at 2600 Woodley Road, NW and Connecticut Avenue, NW, adjacent the Woodley Park–Zoo/Adams Morgan station of the Washington Metrorail system.
The Wardman Park is the largest hotel in the capital, with 1,316 guest rooms, and 195,000 square feet (18,100 m2) of total event space and 95,000 square feet (8,800 m2) of exhibit space.
In 1918, developer Harry Wardman celebrated the end of World War I by opening the five-million-dollar 1,000-room Wardman Park hotel. In 1928, the main building was expanded with the opening of the annex, now known as the Wardman Tower and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
"Before the United States entry into World War II, espionage and intrigue enveloped the historic hotel with a beguiling British spy named Cynthia, who operated out of the premises as she spied on the French Vichy Embassy. Cloaked in the darkness of night, she would visit her lover, an embassy employee whom she had compromised, and steal top-secret documents, transporting them back to the hotel and photographing them in a lab she had set up in her room.
"In the late 1940s, the hotel pool was utilized by the 5th Marine Reserves who were taught how to swim with their clothes on. Images of Army Special Forces soldiers rappelling down the side of the Sheraton Park Hotel have also been located, taken during a training exercise on October 3, 1962.
The first televised broadcast of NBC's Meet the Press took place in 1947 in the Wardman Tower, where host Lawrence Spivak was a resident. Other shows broadcast from the hotel include The Camel News Caravan, The Today Show (Frank Blair segments), and the The Arthur Murray Dance Program.
The Sheraton Corporation purchased the property in 1953 and renamed it the Sheraton Park Hotel. Substanti ...More...
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From 1981 to 2002, photos were taken using a Pentax ME Super camera.
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In 1997, at the age of 40, my photo obsession began and I started taking thousands of photos per year.
In September, 2002, I switched to digital cameras and the number of photos exploded.
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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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