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Regarded as one of the most historic hotels in America, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Willard InterContinental celebrates in 2018 200 years of legacy in the nation’s capital.


Hotel Becomes One Facade

The Willards remodel the building, tearing down the frame façade and building a new brick façade and enlarging the interior. It was also around this time that hotel was renamed Willard’s City Hotel.

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Renovating The Willard

The Willard is torn down to make way for the new Willard, a Beaux-Arts style structure that currently remains today.


The Doors Close

After years of declining revenue, the April riots in DC, and the proposed Pennsylvania Avenue plan by the President’s Advisory Council that called for the creation of a “National Square” at the western end of the avenue which eliminate all of the buildings on the Willard block, the Willard officially closes on July 15, 1968.


Reopening The Willard

The hotel reopens to the public on August 20, 1986, after having been closed for over 18 years.

2006 – Café du Parc
Café du Parc, The Willard’s French-inspired bistro opens.

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