The Hamilton Crowne Plaza at 14th and K harkened back to its opening grandeur Wednesday evening as a lively crowd, dressed in their dapper flapper best, came together to fete its three-and-a-half month, $9 million renovation with Roaring 20’s theatricality.
The 14-story, 318-room hotel opened in 1922 (designed in the Beaux Arts style by prominent French architect, Jules Henri di Sibour), and now 90 years later is officially a D.C. Landmark, having been approved by the Historic Preservation Review Board just last month.
Renovation receptioners enjoyed pre-prohibition cocktails like the Red Maple Oak-Fashioned, Gold Standard, and the Bee’s Knees while reviewing the updated lobby, lounge and guest rooms. Among the refurbishments are modern acrylic presentations of historic maps and imagery from the 1920s, a “twenties travel trunk” front desk made of metal studded leather, a lobby lounge with multifunctional seating — and other swanky swell updates to the entryway, too.
Who was spotted & snapped at the Beaux Arts Bash? Hamilton General Manager Sholeh Kia and Interstate Hotels & Resorts CEO Jim Abrahamson (top, left) greeted Kaitlyn Hackett, Amanda Sherman, Michael O’Harro (who brought along the perfect photo op… an era appropriate classic car!), Suzanne Struglinski, Michael Woestehoff , Linda Roth, and Laetitia-Laure Brock.