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WILL_200817_01.JPG: Willard Intercontinental
Please use the far left door
We apologize for any inconvenience
WILL_200817_07.JPG: Please pardon us.
The revolving door is temporarily closed.
Please utilize the door on the left.
WILL_200817_10.JPG: Jean Monnet
Born in France, widely travelled, he died at age 90 near Paris, proud citizen of a united Europe he inspired and helped to create. Earlier, from his office in the Willard Hotel, he contributed greatly to America's victory program for wartime production while a member of the British mission in Washington during World War I.
Erected 1997 by the Jean Monnet Council
WILL_200817_14.JPG: At this site on the 2nd of October 1922
General of the Armies
John J. Pershing
met with 140 World War I reserve officers and founded the "Reserve Officers Association of the United States"
At the meeting General Pershing said:
"I consider this gathering perhaps one of the most important, from a military point of view, that has assembled in Washington or anywhere else within the confines of this country within my time."
Army Reserve Brigadier General Henry J. Reilly was elected first national president, and the association's mission was defined:
"To support a military policy for the United States that will provide adequate national security and to promote the development and execution thereof."
Dedicated to the reservists of the uniformed services of the United States on the 2nd of October 1997. The 75th anniversary of the Reserve Officers Association of the United States.
WILL_200817_17.JPG: The United States Court of Claims held its first meeting in "Willard's Hotel" on this site on May 11, 1855. The court was established to allow citizens to sue the U.S. Government. In 1861, President Lincoln wrote of the court:
"It is as much the duty of the government to render prompt justice against itself, in favor of citizens, as it is to administer the same between private individuals."
This memorial is placed here on behalf of the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the successor courts to the Court of Claims, to commemorate its 150th anniversary.
Edward J. Damich
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Paul R. Michel
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Commissioned by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association, October 25, 2006.
WILL_200817_19.JPG: The Peace Convention
The Old Willard Hotel was the scene of the last major effort to restore the union and prevent the Civil War. At Virginia's invitation, delegates from twenty-one of the then thirty-four states met in secret session from February 4 to 27, 1861, in a vain attempt to solve the differences between the North and South.
To honor those who worked for peace and unity, this memorial is erected by the Virginia Civil War Commission.
Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Washington Peace Convention held here at the Willard Hotel.
Dedicated on February 11, 2011
President Barack Obama, Senator Jim Webb of Virginia
and Mayor Vincent Gray, District of Columbia
Erected by the Lincoln at the Crossroads Alliance with the Support of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation.
WILL_200817_25.JPG: The New Willard
Site of Joshua Tennison's Hotel 1818. John Strother 1821. Basil Williamson 1824. Frederick Barnard 1828. Proprietor of Mansion Hotel, Azariah Fuller American House 1833. City Hotel 1843. Willard's Hotel 1847-1901.
Presidents Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan, Lincoln, Grant, Harding and Coolidge. Vice Presidents Henricks, Marshall and Dawes.
The Marquis de Lafayette, Jenny Lind, Charles Dickens, Lord and Lady Napier, Lloyd George, Edward Everett, Roscoe Conkling, John Sherman, Julia Ward Howe, John Howard Payne, Dion Boucicault.
Post Office Department 1836.
WILL_200817_29.JPG: In honor of
Julia Ward Howe
who wrote the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" here at the Old Willard Hotel November 21, 1861
"In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born
across the sea,
with a glory in his bosom that transfigures
you and me."
Presented by the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic
January 24, 1938
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Wikipedia Description: Willard InterContinental Washington
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The Willard InterContinental Washington is a historic luxury hotel located two blocks east of the White House in Washington, D.C. Among its facilities are numerous luxurious guest rooms, several restaurants, the famed Round Robin Bar, and voluminous function rooms. It is two blocks from the Metro Center station of the Washington Metro.
The hotel's site, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, has accommodated guests since 1816, but the Willard was formally founded by Henry Willard when he bought the property in 1850. The present twelve-story structure, designed by famed hotel architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, opened in 1901. It was for many years the only hotel from which one could easily visit all of downtown Washington, and has consequently hosted innumerable dignitaries in its history.
The Willard family sold its share of the hotel in 1946, and due to mismanagement the hotel closed in 1968. A lengthy legal battle ensued, at the end of which the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation purchased the property, held a competition and ultimately awarded it to the Oliver Carr Company and Golding Associates. The two partners then brought in the InterContinental Hotels Group to be a part owner and operator of the Hotel. The Willard was subsequently restored to its turn of the century elegance and an office-building contingent was added. The Hotel was thus re-opened amid great celebration on August 20, 1986 which was attended by several Supreme Court Justices and distinguished senators such as Edward Kennedy. In the late 1990s the hotel once again underwent significant restoration.
The first group of three Japanese ambassadors to the United States stayed at the Willard with seventy-four other delegates in 1860, where they observed that their hotel room was more luxurious than the U.S. Secretary of State's house. It was the first time an official Japanese delega ...More...
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