Seven Park-like Acres.

My cozy two-level condo is situated just one block from the newly renovated Washington Hilton. A historical landmark in its own right, the Hilton’s 3-year renovation is finally complete. I’ve been walking my dog past this seven-acre construction site and wondered when it was going to turn from eye-sore into a “Welcome to Washington” retreat. Don’t be fooled, construction is still underway for the final exterior touches (can someone call the landscapers to fix the corner facing Florida Avenue?).

DCMud has a great article on the renovation and some interesting facts for this excellent site that centers somewhere between Dupont, Kalorama, and Adam’s Morgan. My favorite DC neighborhoods!

A somewhat aerial view of the Washington Hilton facade and land.

A somewhat aerial view of the Washington Hilton facade and land.

Frank Lloyd Wright was right. The story goes that in the 1940s, the iconoclast architect stood on the site of the future Hilton Washington, next to a once grand but derelict Victorian mansion known as “The Heights,” declaring it a prime location for a hotel. Two decades later, Conrad Hilton shared that vision and on March 28, 1965, built in the signature 1960s and ’70s Brutalism style of the American modernist movement by architect William B. Tabler Sr., the hotel – at 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW – opened its doors to what continues to be a Washington keystone.” — DCMud.blogspot.com

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