Lost Washington

Built in 1820, the Saint Charles Hotel was located on the corner of Pennsylvania avenue and 3rd street, NW. Its most important feature was the main entrance, which was comprised of a series of three columns with lotus capitals and two pilasters and a cornice designed by Benjamin Latrobe. These had been removed from the Capitol after it was burned by the British and the building was rebuilt.capital-hotelWith the opening of the Ebbitt House, Riggs House, and Arlington Hotel, many prominent congressional patrons stopped staying at the Saint Charles, and it became chiefly a residence of Native Americans visiting Washington to negotiate treaties.

Around the turn of the century its name started to change frequently. It became the Capital Hotel, the Hotel Belvedere, and finally the New Capital Hotel which was its name when it was razed in 1926. (Image, Library of Congress, #npcc 33284)


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