Wardman Tower (Wardman Park Annex) and Arcade

This 1928 luxury hotel, by the firm of developer Harry Wardman, towers over Rock Creek Park.

Built in 1928, the Wardman Park Annex rises above Connecticut Avenue from its hilltop site at the intersection of Woodley Road, NW. Its height—140 feet above street level—has made it a landmark along Connecticut Avenue since its erection and provides its residents with splendid views across Rock Creek Park. The structure is composed of four eight-story wings radiating, spoke-like, from a central octagonal tower. The arrangement provides all rooms with exterior views and gives the building its distinctive cruciform shape.

The Annex was designed by Mihran Mesrobian, an architect in the firm of builder Harry Wardman. Mesrobian used English Colonial Revival details in contrasting white wood and stone to ornament the eight nearly identical facades of his red-brick building. The choice of style, colors, materials, and the radiating wing design were part of a conscious effort to blend the new building into the main red brick hotel building that had been erected by Wardman between 1917 and 1918 immediately to the west on the same property.

DC Inventory: January 5, 1979
National Register: January 31, 1984



2600 Woodley Road, NW