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The Jefferson, Washington, DC

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    The Jefferson, Washington, DC
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History

Built in 1923, during the Coolidge administration, The Jefferson commands the corner of 16th and M Street in downtown Washington, DC. Originally erected as a luxury residential building, The Jefferson Apartment, this Beaux Arts structure was designed by Jules Henri de Sibour and was home to the political and social elite.

In 1955, the combined creative forces of some of the world’s finest architectural, design, and construction firms converted the property into a grand hotel affording a balance of distinct European and Washingtonian styles. An acclaimed destination, rich in historic details infused with a modern elegance, The Jefferson features historic influences of its namesake, Thomas Jefferson, and his beloved Monticello throughout its design.

Today, The Jefferson boasts an impressive collection of antiques, period artwork, and original signed documents coexisting alongside the best of modern amenities.

Thomas Jefferson influences:

  • Exclusive draperies in the guestrooms and suites are designed from three original toile patterns inspired by mementos of Jefferson's Parisian trips.
  • Culinary creations that draw inspiration from the gardens of Monticello.
  • Parquet flooring, in Quill Bar and Lounge, was recreated from Jefferson's own design for Monticello's main salon.
  • A Private Cellar, the hotel's private dining room lined with walls of cabinets and private lockers filled with vintages, was influenced by Jefferson's passion for wine. The cellar also features a dumbwaiter recreated from Jefferson's own, which he designed for his daytime study.
  • The Book Room is an impressive library with a collection of leather-bound volumes on Jefferson's favorite subjects and signed editions by contemporary authors who have been among the hotel's distinguished guests.
  • The Petite Spa offers exclusive vinotherapy treatments where Jefferson's interest in agriculture is reflected. The Spa also utilizes herbs and botanicals reflective of those grown at Monticello in Jefferson’s day.

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