From Ivanka’s Desk: A Grand Opening
Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C., is officially open for business!
From Ivanka: This has been an unforgettable year for my family, for many reasons. We’ve celebrated many milestones, but one of my favorites was the grand opening ceremony for the redeveloped Old Post Office, now, Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C. A renovation is much more complex than a ground-up construction project and the redevelopment of this building was perhaps the most challenging—and gratifying—of them all. When the property was originally built in 1899, its grandeur was meant to signal to the rest of the country that Pennsylvania Avenue was America’s Main Street. A full city block in the heart of Washington, D.C., you didn’t have to be a visionary to see its potential, despite the fact that time had taken a toll on this national treasure. In 2011, the Old Post Office was considered the most sought-after redevelopment opportunity in the country and my father and I fought hard against the largest hotel companies and developers in the world to win the deal. Over the course of eight months, our team worked nonstop to study the building and strategize the best approach to restore it to its full potential—and then some. After an exhaustive evaluation process, we were ultimately awarded the deal by the United States government. We were selected by a panel of judges based on criteria that included our vision for the property, the strength and experience of our development team, our company’s financial wherewithal, and our plan to bring vibrancy to Pennsylvania Avenue. Including the historic Clock Tower—in which our nation’s Bells of Congress still reside—the Old Post Office is the second-tallest building in D.C., after the Washington Monument. Behind a backlit onyx façade is the city’s largest luxury ballroom and within the building itself our guests will discover the most spacious rooms in the district, complete with soaring ceilings. We have painstakingly preserved original architectural elements like the intricate stone carvings and granite facade, extraordinary millwork on the wood doors and mouldings and marble wainscoting throughout the building. We surveyed each of the almost-1,200 windows and restored all of them to mint condition. When this property was put out to bid, Congressman John Mica, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, held a press conference in the vacant building; it was without heat, and in the freezing cold, he admonished the crowd about government excess and noted that the Old Post Office was losing the United States Government between $6-8-million a year. At a committee hearing following our soft opening last month, Congressman Mica said that Trump International Hotel, Washington D.C., is now creating hundreds of jobs and is a stellar example of turning underutilized properties around with the help of the private sector. When we commenced construction, at the ground-breaking ceremony, I pledged my family’s commitment to this project and to ensuring its successful execution. I told the citizens of Washington, D.C. that we would not disappoint them and that we would over-deliver. I’m proud to say we’ve done just that. If you’re in D.C., check out the property and see it for yourself. I’d love to hear what you think! https://assets.ivankatrump.com/uploads/2016/10/IVANKA-TRUMP-SPEECH-at-Grand-Opening-Of-The-Trump-International-Hotel.mp4