"This project is about the past meeting the future in a seamless pairing that will result in a level of luxury previously unseen in this market," explained Ivanka Trump. "This building exemplifies iconic American grandeur. Our design draws on the legacy and integrity of this great landmark but it is executed in a thoroughly modern way."
"Americans are innovators and are always propelled forward," added Hirsch Bedner Associates' Betsy Hughes, who has been instrumental in designing the public areas, guestrooms and conference facilities. "The interiors are inspired by the strength of the massive 1899 Richardsonian Romanesque Revival edifice, with its carved stone and astounding level of detailing. The materials are more muscular than they would have been in France or England, and we have juxtaposed the masculinity and stateliness of the building with softer furnishings."
Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2014 with an expected completion in late 2015. Trump International Hotel, The Old Post Office, Washington, D.C. will pursue LEED® green building certification, which provides the framework for building and operating sustainable hotels.
TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION will reinstate the 11th Street pedestrian entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue, which has been closed to vehicular traffic, and will serve as the driveway to the hotel's canopied grand entrance.
"The new entrance to Trump International Hotel and The Grand Ballroom will be a distinctly new architectural composition at the end of the reinstated 11th Street," explained Hany Hassan, partner at Beyer Blinder Belle. "Using rich materials such as backlit marble and limited mullion glass, the new entrance and canopy will be simple but elegant complements to the significant monumental presence of the historic Old Post Office building. Without touching the historic building, the new steel and glass porte cochere cantilevers in both directions, creating a glass ceiling and welcoming entry."
Inside, the heart of the property will be The Cortile, a soaring nine-story atrium that will function as the hotel's gathering place, comprising the grand lobby and lounge. Sunlight will filter from above through a soft canopy of trees and illuminate this interior courtyard setting. The Cortile will be furnished in rich jewel tones -- deep red, aubergine, sapphire and emerald -- with gold accents and be elegantly finished with hand-woven area rugs, a celebrated water sculpture, and soaring brass and crystal chandeliers.
The ground level will also include world-class restaurants and luxury retailers on the corners of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Broad, 15-foot-wide corridors with stone floors will ring the perimeter of the towering nine-story atrium, granting access to the 270 expansive guestrooms and retaining the original stately wood doors, wainscoting and detailed wall paneling. The richly luxurious guestrooms will average more than 600 square feet, making them the largest in Washington, D.C., with lofty 14-to-16-foot ceilings, soaring windows, beautiful existing millwork, and glittering crystal sconces and chandeliers. A study in refined elegance, the transitional design will feature a palette of Federal blues, creams and ivories, paired with soft gold and silver accents, and punctuated with deep red. The American design aesthetic will be expressed through the use of thick wool carpets, stone tops and richly polished wood furnishings. Mirror elements will reflect the rooms' natural light. Expansive five- and six-fixture bathrooms will feature six-foot tubs, wood vanities with rich marble tops, and polished brass hardware. A sophisticated guestroom art program will tell the story of The Old Post Office.
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