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The District of Columbia’s Architectural Style

The District of Columbia has been known for its key architectural style, orderly and symmetrical, Washington, D.C.’s early Roman influences have distinguished it from every metropolitan city in the nation. Tall columns, symmetrical shapes, triangular pediments, domed roofs — Neoclassical features can be found anywhere and everywhere in the District. Just the city plan demonstrates Washington, D.C.’s architectural style with its consolidated scheme and central forum with city services. To see just how far the Neoclassical style reaches, check out the map below of 15 examples of Neoclassical architecture found in the District, from memorials to museums to bridges. These examples can be seen through the White House, the Capitol Building, and the National Art Gallery. D.C. architecture is shown throughout the city through persuasive analysis.

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Rhetoric Within the “Real World”

Within our society, we see rhetoric and persuasion all around us. Our society is full of persuasive information to relate ourselves with a product or particular material. The concepts of rhetoric tend to be applied through the uses of ethos, logos, and pathos to contend to a wide audience population. This tends to be targeted at various focus groups and audiences to bring about a sense of “brand loyalty”. The use of persuasion tends to be within advertisements focusing on clothing, food, or skincare/makeup. Within the studies of rhetoric within literature, you learn that the use of this writing is meant to persuade the writer to believe the writers argument. This can be true within marketing and advertising. Such political advertising in D.C. bring about a sense of nationalism, morale to the city.

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When thinking of what to talk about for this weeks commonplace, I was quite confused. Ive had so much going on, that I truly didn’t ever sit down and just think of information I learned throughout the week. Then I remembered, I remember a quote that rang clear in my head. I have been reading a lot as I have been healing and a particular quote has been stuck in my head, “You are built of natural disasters, remember how beautiful.” Breaking it down one can see the beautiful allusion it gives. We learn so much information throughout our lives, we learn, we grow, we persuade that information. Breaking down human thought brings about a new sense of vision. We are made of everything and nothing, and when you break down human thought and persuasion, the discussion becomes quite fuzzy.

Annotated Bibliography 9&10

Brandon Morales
Professor Hoskins
Annotated Bibliography
20 April 2017

Works Cited

“Autograph Collection Hotels Adds the Mayflower Hotel to its Portfolio of Independent Hotels.” Manufacturing Close – Up, 2015, ProQuest Central,

Within Manufacturing Close-Up, the editorial shares how Mayflower Hotel now joins Autograph Collection Hotels, a group of strikingly independent hotels that are each ‘exactly like nothing else’. Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s portfolio of independent, one-of-a-kind hotels, is welcoming the newly renovated Washington, D.C., landmark, The Mayflower Hotel. The addition of the Mayflower Hotel brings the Collection to 86 hotels worldwide. The Mayflower Hotel, listed in the National Register of Historic places, opened in 1925 and has since hosted D.C.’s power scene and iconic figures, filling the hotel with a quintessentially capital spirit – and with a signature appeal as iconic as the hotel itself. It is one of the District of Columbia’s most revered hotels, a place filled with old-world elegance and steeped in the history of America’s capital. This was quite an interesting pick up by the Autograph Collection as they are trying to turn the Mayflower Hotel into a more modern enterprise. Additionally, in conjunction with the hotel’s rebranding as part of Autograph Collection, the Mayflower Hotel completed a full renovation, reaching at about $20 million. Each room of the hotel was redone to bring about a new sense of luxury. Julius Robinson, Vice President of Autograph Collection Hotels explains, “ Moving into the 21st Century also means that The Mayflower now offers increased bandwidth for enhanced high-speed Internet access, as well as “smart thermostats” run with a chip embedded in the guest’s key card, which communicates with the air-conditioning unit when the room is occupied in order to adjust temperatures accordingly.” This is meant to bring the olden Mayflower Hotel into the 21st century, and allow the hotel to be adaptable to a more “modern” audience.
This source will be quite interesting to use as it shows how Autograph Collection Hotels saw a market with the Mayflower Hotel. By renovating and “rebranding” the hotel’s look, this will allow for a discussion on the hotels relationship with modern times; and how the hotel relates back to its new audience. I plan on using this source to withstand an argument that the Mayflower Hotel will always hold a grandeur to it; the hotel shall remain a Washingtonian entity while adapting to the new generation.

Ylan Q Mui – Washington Post,Staff Writer. “A Hotel Boosted by a Bedtime Story.” The Washington Post, Apr 03, 2008, ProQuest Central,

Within the Washington Post, Ylan Q Mui speaks on how the Mayflower Hotel promotes its notable past to all that enter the prestigious hotel. In her work, Mui shares that, “ The concierge gives them free postcards, and there are plaques throughout the hotel commemorating notable moments in Mayflower history — like the time Winston Churchill told a bawdy joke in one of the domed ballrooms that carried across to the women at the other end.” This shows how the hotel continuously commemorates its past events, and notable guests. Additionally, Mui points on the fact that the hotel uses their past as quite the marketing campaign. By sharing notable guests and events that have been within the hotel, this could possibly persuade those of grandeur to stay within the hotel. The Mayflower boasts cachet that few other hotels can match. It has long been a stop on the tour bus circuit, but Cardone said he has noticed more people hopping off to nose around. The concierge gives them free postcards, and there are plaques throughout the hotel commemorating notable moments in Mayflower history — “like the time Winston Churchill told a bawdy joke in one of the domed ballrooms that carried across to the women at the other end.” The hotel seems to be providing past information for a reason, it attracts visitors.
I plan on using this source to provide a more economical view within the Mayflower Hotel. This will help me correspond the information as to why the Autograph Collection Hotels saw a market within this hotel. The information provided gives key examples to the hotels marketing strategies and how the hotel continuously attracts guests.

Exterior and Political

The Mayflower Hotel: Exterior and Politcal

Image from TripAdvisor

 The political influence within and from the Mayflower Hotel has been quite monumental. The hotel itself is only blocks away from the White House and the Capitol Building. This puts the site at the heart of political influence. Many renowned political and governmental figures have stayed within this hotel, and many have performed many political acts/speeches within. One such example would be how Harry S. Truman stayed within the Mayflower Hotel during his first 90 days of presidency. Additionally, as I’ve spoken about before, the hotel holds many political campaigns and strives to motivate their voters to actually vote within elections. During this previous election, the hotel took the initiative to have their guests make a pledge to vote for their candidates. The hotel held many inaugural events and has hosted many international government officials; such as Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill. The hotel is a hotbed for political talk as it is in the hub of such a politically charged city.

Annotated Bibliography 5&6

Brandon Morales
Professor Hoskins
WRTG 101
10 April, 2016
Annotated Bibliography
Goldchain, Michelle. “The Mayflower Hotel Boasts New Look After $22M Renovation.”, Curbed DC, 13 Aug. 2015, Accessed 9 Apr. 2017.
Within, “The Mayflower Hotel Boasts New Look After $22M Renovation” Michelle Goldchain shares insight to the newest renovation of the Mayflower Hotel. During the month of April, all 10 floors of Washington, D.C.’s largest luxury hotel, The Mayflower Hotel, were completely renovated at the cost of $22 million. The new renovations included the restaurant to the hallways to the guest rooms, every aspect of the hotel was updated with new carpeting, new furniture, and a toned down color scheme to add a more modernized feel to the luxurious estate. Goldchain furthers her discussion by sharing that the renovation was done to “keep the hotel relatable”. In other words, the renovation was done to bring about a new “modern luxe” to the hotel. Additionally, Goldchain states, “Originally, the color scheme throughout the hallways and bedrooms was yellowish gold and green. Now, the color scheme is grey and white. The hallways were completely redone with new lighting, wallpaper, marble flooring, and artworks.” (Goldchain.) This new renovation seemingly brought a new sense of luxury and grandeur to the hotel. Also, each of the 581 guest rooms feature brand new headboards, desks, side tables, night stands, couches, mirrors, and plush chairs. This renovations main purpose was to simply keep the Mayflower Hotel within the public eye, and to also keep its stature as being one of the most luxurious hotel to reside in Washington D.C.
I plan to use this article to show how the Mayflower Hotel is moving into the modern world with this new renovation. This article not only gave insight to the new renovation, but also gave many descriptive details within the article of what each area would look like. The article will be useful in providing a more detailed analysis of the “look” of my location; the Mayflower Hotel.

Scott, Pamela, and Antoinette J. Lee. “The Mayflower Hotel.” Http://, Oxford University Press, 2012, Accessed 9 Apr. 2017.
Within, “The Mayflower Hotel” Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee give a brief history of the Mayflower Hotel. Both share the origins of the Mayflower hotel as, “Warren and Wetmore, architects of Grand Central Terminal in New York, designed the venerable Mayflower Hotel. Robert Beresford of Washington assisted the firm in executing the design. The Mayflower offered first-class hotel accommodations, dining rooms, and ballrooms in the sections of the building closest to Connecticut Avenue. To the rear, with its own private entrance off a quiet street, was the apartment house tower.” (Scott.) Today, nearly all of the apartments have been converted to hotel rooms and the public rooms restored to their original elegance. The hotels original architectural style was seen to be Beauxs Arts architecture; which brought about a sense of classicism and romanticism to its buildings. Additionally, the article also shares the a description of the interior and exterior of the hotel, to bring about an understanding of what the hotel used to look like, and what the hotel looks like now. The overall “look” of the hotel was described as, “The Mayflower Hotel rises ten stories and extends east an entire city block from Connecticut Avenue to 17th Street. The buff brick building is set upon a limestone base. Its main facade on Connecticut Avenue is shaped into a pair of curved towers flanking a deep narrow court above the hotel’s main entrance.
I plan to use this article to bring about an overall description of the Mayflower Hotel. Both Scott and Lee share a brief history of the historic hotel which will end in adding more background information for my analysis. Additionally, both share how the hotels architecture shaped its overall influence towards its audience. Lastly, the article also helps in give more information about the exterior and interior of the Mayflower Hotel.

Rhetoric Around Us

Within literature, the terms of rhetoric seem to be displayed all throughout us. During last class, we discussed the the ideals shared by EdBauer when she spoke on the triangulated ideals of the sender, receiver, and text. EdBauer continues this discussion by sharing the ideals of Warner when he states, “ public seems to be self-organized by discourse, but in fact requires pre existing forms and channels of circulation” (75). This whole idea is based on the ideals of rhetoric and rhetorical situations, that we live in a society filled with senders and receivers who are formed by pre existing notions. This is something one can see around them wherever they go, this is something that proves contextual evidence in the sense that rhetoric is all around us.

Works Cited
EdBauer, Jenny. “Unframing Models of Public Distribution: From Rhetorical Situation to Rhetorical Ecologies.” Taylor and Francis. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 1-3. Print.

Wes Anderson’s Persuasion

When watching the Grand Budapest I realized many of the cinematic approaches within the film. Wes Anderson uses many interesting approaches such as medium and full body shots. Additionally, Anderson switches shots quite frequently which can also be related to the use of rhetoric and persuasion that we learn in class. He seems to use these approaches to keep the audience drawn in and captured within the film. This shows how even films can use rhetoric to draw the audience in.

Digital Archive Interior and Cultural

Brandon Morales
Professor Hoskins
WRTG 101
27 March 2017
The Mayflower: Interior and Cultural

The interior of the Mayflower Hotel hold much cultural influence. The recently renovated lobby of the hotel still holds true to the Beaux-Arts architecture, meaning it is a style of heavily ornamented classicism. This style strongly considers the function of the space. This holds true to the vast lobby, which it adorned with gold detailing and extravagant chandeliers. However, the new renovation of the hotel brings about elements of modernism, to add a mix of classicism with a modern touch. The ceiling window has recently been brought back to the hotel so the whole ceiling is glass. This brings a new dimension to the hotel as you can see the sky whenever in the lobby. Additionally, the two hallways leading from the lobby also bring about that sense of “space” as they are vast and wide. Either hallway will lead you to another area of the first floor of the hotel which seems to follow the same architectural style of the lobby.
The cultural influence within in the hotel holds true throughout the architectural style. Even as the hotel has been recently renovated, the hotel still holds the same classicism that brought many notable guests to these grounds. The overall “style” holds a cultural influence towards the hotel as it still holds this sense of grandeur and luxury. Additionally, the hotel still has many of the same artifacts from the original Mayflower Hotel. The chandeliers, gold adorned ceilings, and mirrored walls were all part of the hotel during its early years. The interior of the Mayflower Hotel shows much of its “culture”, that this hotel is an old-fashioned American luxury. When guests visit this hotel, they can feel that authenticity; that overall feeling of a hotel with true grandeur.

Annotated Bibliography 3/4

Brandon Morales
Professor Hoskins
WRTG 101
27 March 2017
Annotated Bibliography
Source #3: Roberts, Roxanne. “A Hotel of a Certain Age; the Mayflower Celebrates its 75th with Faded Glory.” The Washington Post, Mar 24, 2000, pp. C.1, ProQuest Central,
In her disposition of the Mayflower Hotel, and the impact of hotels in general, Roxanne Roberts gives insight to the end of “grand hotels” within the District of Columbia. Being a journalist for the Washington Post, Roberts gives insight to this change within D.C.’s hotel industry. She starts by sharing her experience at the hotels 75th birthday celebration where she recounts, “She’s still beautiful – great lines and that expensive face lift 20 years ago – but her glory days are over.” Roberts is referring to the fact that grandeurs hotels are no longer seen as exclusive; even the great Mayflower Hotel. In its past the Mayflower Hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has a “fabulous past, plenty of great memories and one helluva of scrapbook.” Even with this attitude, many visitors shared the same reality, that the age of grand hotels was long in the past; exclusivity was now finite, nonexistent compared to the past. Roberts goes on to speak about the hotel’s exclusive guests; some being Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill, etc. The argument within her disposition shares how hotels do not hold the same exclusivity as they once did. Roberts even interviews Washingtonians, one being Democratic consultant Frank Mankiewicz who stated, “In every city downtown hotels have been bypassed by modern life: The Waldorf-Astoria in New York, the Ambassador in Los Angeles, the St. Francis in San Francisco. They were the big, plush, serious hotels in the days before the automobile took over.” Additionally, Roberts shares how many people can stay at these “exclusive” hotels, which truly aren’t that exclusive anymore. Hotel rates have changes and vast amounts of backgrounds now reside at the Mayflower Hotel; once a grandeurs hotel.
The provided source will be quite interesting to use as a counter argument to my paper; so the overall flow of my topic does not seem too bias. I want to be able to provide contextual evidence from both sides of the argument to give a more well-rounded disposition of the Mayflower Hotel and its overall analysis. Most of the information I have found thus far on my location has only been spoken positively, so this source adds some contradiction to my overall argument towards the way hotel’s try to perceive themselves.

Source #4: “The Mayflower Hotel Launches Bipartisan Election-Themed Campaign in the Nation’s Capital.” PR Newswire, Feb 03, 2016, ProQuest Central,
PR Newswire gives an inside look as to how the iconic Mayflower Hotel is the capital city’s most politically charged address; after the White House. The hotel has been host inaugural balls, presidents, and heads of state from Coolidge, Obama, Churchill, Queen Elizabeth. The newly renovated hotel has been a hub for political thought; mainly due to the hotel’s location. The newsfeed shares how the Mayflower Hotel is only down the block from the White House, so many Congressmen and heads of state will stay within the hotel. In an interview with John Montano, general manager of The Mayflower Hotel, now a member of the exclusive Autograph Collection stated, “The Mayflower has been the backdrop for Washington’s powerbrokers for more than nine years.” Additionally, the Mayflower Hotel seems to annually contribute in its own political “Election Year campaign”. The newsfeed continues to explain the hotel’s political activity, stating how guests can vote with their key cards, opting red or blue depending on their party choice. Also, the results of the straw poll were tabulated at key points during the campaign and shared using the hashtag #TheMayflowerVote through the hotel’s social platforms. The overall contextual evidence of this news feed shows how politically active the hotel truly is, mainly due to its location. Because the hotel is within range of both the White House and the Capitol, there is much political influence flowing throughout this historic hotel.
This source is quite interesting as it gives more detail towards the overall location of the Mayflower Hotel. The location and were this hotel is positioned allows for it to be so politically aware. It’s high political activity is from its proximity to the White House and the Capitol Building. I feel that this source will provide outside knowledge as to the overall atmosphere of the Mayflower Hotel and help start the discussion of its highly political background.