Historic Hotels of America® Kicks Off 2012 with 17 New Members
WASHINGTON, DC – February 1, 2012 – Historic Hotels of America®, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation®, is pleased to announce it has added 17 historic hotels and resorts across 11 states to its collection. These 17 prestigious new members are among the more than 235 members throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands that are recognized by Historic Hotels of America for preserving and maintaining their historic integrity, architecture, and ambiance. “We are thrilled to welcome these unique historic hotels into Historic Hotels of America,” said Thierry Roch, executive director of Historic Hotels of America. “From the legendary 314-stateroom Queen Mary ocean liner in Long Beach, California, to the world-renowned 282-guestroom The Plaza hotel in New York City, each new member is distinctively remarkable. These new additions, including historic hotels from brands and collections such as Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, and Marriott represent the extraordinary range of offerings for which Historic Hotels of America members are known, and we are excited to add each of them to our collection.” Further confirming its commitment to history, preservation, and cultural travel in America, Historic Hotels of America’s new group of renowned hotels span three centuries. Built in 1742, the Kelley House in Edgartown, Massachusetts is the oldest historic hotel among the new group, and the Tidewater Inn in Easton, Maryland is the youngest member to be inducted this year. In an effort to expand its reach even more, Historic Hotels of America is also pleased to welcome its first historic hotels in Nebraska and South Dakota, Hotel Deco XV, and The Hotel Alex Johnson.
The following historic hotels were welcomed as new members in Historic Hotels of America:
- Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa, Point Clear, Alabama, 1847
- The Queen Mary, Long Beach, California, 1936
- Inn at The Presidio, San Francisco, California, 1904
- Tidewater Inn, Easton, Maryland, 1949
- The Lord Jeffery Inn, Amherst, Massachusetts, 1926
- Harbor View Hotel of Martha’s Vineyard, Edgartown, Massachusetts,1891
- Kelley House, Edgartown, Massachusetts, 1742
- Hotel Deco XV, Omaha, Nebraska, 1930
- The Mansion on Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, New York, 1866
- OHEKA CASTLE, Huntington, New York, 1919
- The Plaza, New York, New York, 1907
- Haywood Park Hotel, Asheville, North Carolina, 1923
- Glasbern Country Inn, Fogelsville, Pennsylvania, 1787
- The Hotel Alex Johnson, Rapid City, South Dakota, 1928
- Settles Hotel, Big Spring, Texas, 1930
- Camino Real El Paso, El Paso, Texas, 1912
- Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1927
Representatives from these new members of Historic Hotels of America were honored at a special luncheon for historic hoteliers sponsored by Coca Cola® on November 16 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza (1931), a charter member of Historic Hotels of America, National Historic Landmark, and AAA Four Diamond hotel. To be selected for membership in Historic Hotel of America, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or recognized locally as having historic significance and have faithfully maintained its historically integrity, architecture and ambiance. These newcomers are among the more than 235 members throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands that are recognized by Historic Hotels of America for preserving and maintaining their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance.
About Historic Hotels of America
Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation® with 32 charter members. In 2007, Preferred Hotel Group partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to grow and enhance Historic Hotels of America. With more than 235 hotels that have faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties. More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or recognized as having historic significance. Historic Hotels of America partners with Historic Hotels of Europe, a federation of 21 hotel associations in 21 countries, and with Historic Hotels of Mexico, an association of hotels and restaurants located in buildings of historical significance including haciendas, palaces, monasteries, convents, fortresses, and country estates. For more information, please visit www.historichotels.org.
About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.PreservationNation.org) is a privately-funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places for the next generation. We are committed to protecting America’s rich cultural legacy and to helping build vibrant, sustainable communities that reflect our nation’s diversity. We take direct action to save the places that matter while bringing the voices of the preservation movement to the forefront nationally.
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