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The Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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« on: July 29, 2009, 01:49:34 pm »

I came across this place quite by chance when surfing for something else........................

The Hay-Adams Hotel is a luxury hotel located at 800 16th Street, NW in Washington, D.C. Lafayette Square and St. John's Episcopal Church, also known as the Church of the Presidents, are located across the street. The hotel is a contributing property to the Lafayette Square Historic District and a member of the Historic Hotels of America.

The hotel occupies the site where the 1885 homes of John Hay and Henry Adams once stood at 16th and H Streets NW. In 1927, Harry Wardman bought the property and razed the homes. The hotel, designed by Mihran Mesrobian, was built on the site in 1928 in Italian Renaissance style.

The Hay-Adams Hotel's slogan is: "Where nothing is overlooked but the White House" !


  Clover Adams is a lingering resident at The Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C., Clover's husband, Henry Adams, was in the final stages of building his side-by-side mansion on Lafayette Square (adjoining John Hay's property - which is now the location of the hotel) when Clover took her life in 1885. While some whisper that it was murder, no one will ever know all of the facts surrounding the mysterious event. Clover did suffer bouts of depression and had recently lost her father.

Today, hotel staff report that the fourth floor of the Hay-Adams is Clover's favorite place. They agree that she is most active the first two weeks in December - coinciding with the anniversary of her reported suicide on the fourth floor of the home that Henry and Clover were renting, next door to their new house which was under construction. Examples of staff experiences include unexplained opening and closing of locked doors of unoccupied rooms; clock radios mysteriously turning off and on; the sounds of a woman crying softly in a room or a stairwell; or a voice of a woman asking a housekeeper, "what do you want?" when the room appears totally empty. Some housekeepers have been called by name and others have received a hug while cleaning rooms.
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