From Ivanka’s Desk: Washington D.C.
Ivanka has been tasked with preserving a national treasure on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The property was originally built in 1899. It was designed in a Romanesque Revival style and was the first building in D.C. to have a steel-frame structure which also incorporated iron, a glass-covered atrium, detailed moldings and marble wainscoting. Its details—many of which are especially rare—combined with its Pennsylvania Avenue address and location just steps away from the White House and Capitol building, make this one of the most unbelievably special assets in the country.
The responsibility tied to its development is not one that my family and I take lightly. One of our first steps after the initial groundbreaking was to protect every aspect of the structure. Renovating a property is always a challenge, but redeveloping a national treasure is a monumental task. I am onsite at least once a week, working closely with the construction team to ensure the proper preservation of the building. The ceilings in our guest rooms range from 16-feet to 22-feet, which is an amazing feature. The Old Post Office is the tallest building in D.C. and offers full-height windows and unobstructed views of the city. Our goal is to revitalize this grand building and bring new life and vibrancy to Pennsylvania Avenue—while maintaining the property’s historic integrity. I’m not going to share details of all of this special development just yet, but check back—it’s going to be pretty spectacular, if I do say so myself!