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WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 12, 2016, Historic Hotels of America welcomed 22 historic hotels into membership in 2015. Hotels nominated and accepted into the prestigious Historic Hotels of America program in 2015 range in age from 125 years to 52 years old. These historic hotels represent 16 states and the District of Columbia. The oldest historic hotel dates to 1890. Nine of the hotels were adapted from a previous use, including a chocolate factory, army barracks, silversmith, and jewelry studio. Of the historic hotels inducted in 2015, eight are listed in the National Register of Historic Places and one has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark.
Historic hotels inducted into Historic Hotels of America members during 2015 include:
Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square (1890) San Francisco, California
Inn at Diamond Cove+ (1890) Portland, Maine
The Partridge Inn, Curio, A Collection by Hilton (1892) Augusta, Georgia
Sheridan Inn++ (1893) Sheridan, Wyoming
Southernmost House (1896) Key West, Florida
The Silversmith Hotel Chicago Downtown+ (1897) Chicago, Illinois
Inn at Wise+ (1910) Wise, Virginia
Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown+ (1912) Portland, Oregon
Keswick Hall and Golf Club (1912) Charlottesville, Virginia
Bear Mountain Inn+ (1915) Bear Mountain, New York
Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel (1915) Berkeley, California
LondonHouse Chicago*, Curio, A Collection by Hilton (1923) Chicago, Illinois
The Sam Houston Hotel, Curio, A Collection by Hilton+ (1924) Houston, Texas
The Redmont Hotel Birmingham, Curio, A Collection by Hilton+ (1925) Birmingham, Alabama
La Concha Hotel & Spa (1926) Key West, Florida
The Fairfax at Embassy Row (1927) Washington, DC
Hotel Alex Johnson, Curio, A Collection by Hilton (1928) Rapid City, South Dakota
The Graylyn Estate+ (1932) Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo, a Doubletree by Hilton (1939) Hilo, Hawaii
The Admiral Hotel, Curio, A Collection by Hilton (1940) Mobile, Alabama
Punderson Manor State Park Lodge and Conference Center (1948) Newbury, Ohio
The Whitehall (1963) Houston, Texas
Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance.
Of the 22 historic hotels, 12 are also members of Historic Hotels Worldwide. Historic Hotels Worldwide promotes heritage and cultural travel by featuring a prestigious collection of historic treasures, including historic hotels, castles, chateaus, palaces, academies, haciendas, villas, monasteries, and other historic lodging spanning 11 centuries across the globe.
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