WASHINGTON—Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest and most significant historic hotels, has inducted 27 historic hotels into membership in 2018.
Many of the historic hotels are adaptive-reuse historic hotels that have involved converting some or all of a historically significant building to a hotel. Originally, these buildings were built for another purpose in their history. Sixteen of the 27 historic hotels inducted in 2018 are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, four of the inducted hotels have been designated as National Historic Landmarks or are contributing structures in historic districts that have been designated as National Historic Landmarks by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
The 27 inducted historic hotels represent independent hotels, brands, and collections from across the U.S. from 16 different states:
- 21c Museum Hotel Louisville by MGallery in Louisville, KY;
- Inn at Perry Cabin in Saint Michaels, MD;
- Blackburn inn in Staunton, VA;
- The Stagecoach Inn in Salado, TX;
- La Posada e Sante Fe, a Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa, in Santa Fe, NM;
- 21c Museum Hotel Kansas City by MGallery in Kansas City, MO;
- Riggs Washington DC in Washington, DC;
- The Holly Inn in Village of Pinehurst, NC;
- The Lodge at the Presidio in San Francisco, CA;
- Belleview Inn in Belleview, FL;
- 21c Museum Hotel Nashville by MGallery in Nashville, TN;
- The Carolina Hotel in Village of Pinehurst, NC;
- The Candler Hotel Atlanta, Curio Collection by Hilton in Atlanta;
- DoubleTree by Hilton Youngstown Downtown in Youngstown, OH;
- 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati by MGallery in Cincinnati;
- 21c Museum Hotel Lexington by MGallery in Lexington, KY;
- 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City by MGallery in Oklahoma City;
- The Sire Hotel Lexington, Tapestry Collection by Hilton in Lexington, KY;
- Hotel Phillips in Sioux Falls, SD;
- The Manor Inn in Village of Pinehurst, NC;
- Distrikt Hotel Pittsburgh, Curio Collection by Hilton in Pittsburgh;
- Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica, CA;
- The Greystone Hotel in Miami;
- 21c Museum Hotel Durham by MGallery in Durham, NC;
- Tulsa Club Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton in Tulsa, OK;
- Georgetown Inn in Washington, DC;
- The Lodge at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA
“Each of these iconic historic hotels has contributed to our nation’s history and is an excellent example of historic preservation,” said Lawrence Horwitz, executive director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “Each is unique and has a history worth exploring and experiencing. We are delighted to recognize and celebrate these wonderful historic hotels. We applaud their community leaders, owners, management, and associates for being great stewards of the stories about world leaders, celebrities, and other luminaries that were involved in the original building and use of these historic icons or as guests stayed in these hotels.”
In addition to the hotels listed above inducted by Historic Hotels of America in 2018, its affiliate and a program for recognizing the finest historic hotels around the world, Historic Hotels Worldwide, inducted 75 historic hotels in 2018 into its registry. These hotels are located across four continents, including 20 countries, and date as early as the 11th century. The 75 historic hotels represent independent hotels and hotels from 12 different brands, chains and collections.
Hotels inducted into Historic Hotels Worldwide have met the following criteria: a hotel must be at least 75 years old; utilize historic accommodations; serve as the former home or be located on the grounds of the former home of famous persons or significant location for an important event in history; be located in or within walking distance to a historic district, historically significant landmark, place of historic event, or a historic city center; be recognized by a local preservation organization or national trust; and display historic memorabilia, artwork, photography, and other examples of its historic significance.
Many of the historic hotels are adaptive-reuse historic hotels that have involved converting some or all of a historically significant building to a hotel. Originally, these buildings were built for another purpose in their history. Many historic hotels are located in buildings first completed for another purpose such as former castles, chateaus, palaces, academies, government buildings, warehouses, monasteries, haciendas, villas and homes for nobility.