Known to locals as the Hinckley Hilton, The Washington Hilton maintains a history rich with late twentieth century culture. The unique double-arched design was conceptualized by architect William B Tabler and developed by Uris Brothers in 1965, featuring the largest ballroom in the city that didn't have pillars. This ballroom would go on to host some of the most iconic musical artists of the 1960s and 1970s. 4,000 fans crowded the space on March 10, 1968 to see the legendary Jimi Hendrix perform Purple Haze among other songs while The Doors took the stage just a year before.
The annual dinners of the White House Correspondents Association and the Radio and Television Correspondents Association have been held at The Washington Hilton, as have the National Prayer Breakfast, making this DC hotel a significant site in the nation's captial. Today, this historic hotel and its colorful past are surrounded by DC's most notable monuments, museums, and neighborhoods.