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Exterior and Political

Front of the Hotel

 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.

The political influence of the Mayflower Hotel is quite strong actually.An example of the hotels surrounding political influence would be how the Mayflower Hotel hosted the Inaugural Ball of President Calvin Coolidge just two weeks after its opening. It hosted an Inaugural Ball every four years until it hosted its final ball in January 1981. It has not hosted an Inaugural Ball since. President-elect Herbert Hoover established his presidential planning team offices in the hotel in January 1928, and his Vice President, Charles Curtis, lived there in one of the hotel’s residential guest rooms during his four years in office. By being surrounded by such political figures, the hotel itself seems to be quite politically influenced.

On the basis of the exterior, the hotel itself has quite the historic feel to it. The hotels’ main entrance features grand gold detailing and large flags for the District of Columbia and also the hotels’ flags. The exterior hasn’t really been touched up so the comparison between the exterior and interior is quite stark. This is fitting though, as the outside is quite historic and shows the history of the hotel, while the interior plays to a new sense of modernism.

Digital Archive 5: The Ceremonial Hall

The ceremonial hall of the Mayflower Hall is quite stunning. There are flowers sprung throughout the room in various pastel colors. Additionally, the artistic style detailing on the ceiling relates to romanticism on such a level; as after all this is a room where guests plan to get married. There is carpeted flooring in a pastel purple and deep red color way, which seems quite out-dated but still just as pretty. Lastly, the room itself is not quite big but it seems to be clustered with various items and objects sprung throughout the room, as a means of making the room look “pretty”.

Digital Archive 1 : Interior of Mayflower Hotel

The Mayflower Hotel’s lobby is one of a lavish architectural style. The style of the hotel is based off of Beaux-Arts style which focuses on a very rich, lavish architecture which banks on old fashioned classicism. The interior of the hotel has baroque style carvings on the walls as a means of relating to the luxurious style of the hotel. Additionally, there seems to be large chandeliers within the hallways of the hotel to allude to its classic feel. The hallways are long and the floors are a beautiful tanned marble. The overall feel of the lobby within the hotel alludes luxury to the highest degree.