Skirvin Hotel

Solomon Andrew Layton
The hotel closed down in 1988 until it was renovated and then re-opened as part of the Hilton chain of hotels in 2007.
These photographs were taken in 2002.

The Skirvin Hotel is famous for its oilman founder, William Balser Skirvin, and his daughter, Perle Mesta, Washington DC social leader and U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg (1949-1953). Royalty, U.S. presidents, and cattle and oil barons stayed at the Skirvin. The city's oldest hotel, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Front facade

In 1911, the Skirvin Hotel contained 224 rooms in a ten-story two winged tower. A third 12 story wing was added in 1925.

In 1929-30 all three wings were leveled off to 14 floors with a total of 525 rooms.

Mixture of styles

Classical pilasters wih eccentric capitals and an elaborate cornice are combined with art deco chevrons on the topmost story.

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