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Trump DC Will Open Across The Street From The White House

February 8, 2012 at 8:41 AM | by | ()

It was announced this morning that, after much consideration, Trump will be the one to revive DC's floundering architectural relic, the Old Post Office, by turning it into a 250-room hotel. According to the Washington Post, quite a few investors and developers (including Hilton) had their eye on the building, which dates back to the 1890s.

Though Trump and his daughter Ivanka have plans to do it up Trump-style (think wall mosaics, temperature-controlled chocolate labs, Louis Vuitton-inspired wine bars), the plan—for now, at least—is actually to preserve the hotel's heritage.

"I think the historic facade of the building will be the greatest signage of all," Ivanka told journalists yesterday. Because, as we all know, it's what's inside that counts.

Though several government agencies already exist inside the space, plus a few tourist retail spots and restaurants, the General Services Administration has been ready to wash its hands clean of it for a while. When Trump and a private California-based equity company proposed a $200 million investment—including the addition of a spa, restaurants, and a new museum space dedicated to the building's history—the GSA jumped at it.

The Post reports that the Old Post Office is currently marked by broken tiles, exposed beams and abandoned storefronts. Which essentially gives Trump Hotels a blank canvas on which to paint their glossy, life-in-the-fast-lane fantasies.

How they will integrate the building's unique pavilion design into the hotel's layout. For now, Trump is set to lease the land directly from the government, with a possible opening date set for 2016.

[Photos: Washington Post, Panoramio]

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