The Hotel Washington was constructed between 1917 and 1920. The design derives from the Italian Renaissance palazzo prototype. The building has an E-shape plan with closed sides facing the streets. The building is fourteen bays wide on 15th Street, eleven bays wide on F Street, and six bays wide on Pennsylvania.
Hotel Washington occupies one of the most prominent privately owned sites in Washington, with three important street frontages, two of which are on the ceremonial way between the U.S. Capitol and the White House. This extraordinary location provided its architect with an unique site to build a landmark. The hotel was designed by the nationally prominent New York firm of Carrere and Hastings. It is the only commercial building designed by the firm in the city and is a tangible representation of a commercial edifice built to uphold the ideas of the American Renaissance.
The facade painting was restored in 1985.
DC designation: August 28, 1973
National Register listing: March 30, 1995