The Trump Hotel Collection has selected architecture firm Beyer Blinder Belle and Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) for the interiors of its hotel in Washington, D.C.’s Old Post Office. The design maintains the architectural character of the 1899 Richardsonian Romanesque Revival building while referencing America’s European heritage.
“The materials are more muscular than they would have been in France or England, and we have juxtaposed the masculinity and stateliness of the building with softer furnishings,” HBA’s Betsy Hughes said in a statement.
Beyer Blinder Belle will create a new entrance featuring steel and glass porte cochere cantilevers that form a glass ceiling. “Using rich materials such as backlit marble and limited mullion glass, the new entrance and canopy will be simple but elegant complements to the significant monumental presence of the historic Old Post Office building,” said Beyer Blinder Belle partner Hany Hassan.
Inside, the nine-story atrium known as the Cortile will house the lobby and lounge. Furnishings in rich jewel tones, hand-woven area rugs, a water sculpture, and brass and crystal chandeliers will complement the sunny interior courtyard setting.
Fifteen-foot-wide stone floors ringing the atrium will serve as access to the 270 guestrooms, which retain the building’s original wood doors, wainscoting, wall paneling, and ceilings that rise 14 to 16 feet. Interiors will comprise sconces and chandeliers, thick wool carpets, stone tops, polished wood furnishings, and mirror elements—all of which work with a palette of Federal blues, creams, and ivories, paired with gold and silver accents and punctuated with deep red. In addition, two 3,000-square-foot presidential suites will be located in the historic former offices of the Postmaster General.
The hotel also calls for a 13,000-square-foot grand ballroom; a library featuring 25-foot coffered ceilings, high arched windows, intricate millwork, and hardwood floors; a restaurant; and a spa. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2014 with an expected completion in late 2015.