History

Harry Wardman's claim in the 1920s that he housed one-tenth of Washington is probably correct. The Tower was his final major imprint on land that he began amassing in the Woodley Park neighborhood. Wardman built his own expansive Spanish Revival-style house in 1909 at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Woodley Road. Less than 20 years later, he tore the house down to build the Tower, which stands on this same promontory.


Architects Mihran Mesrobian (left) and Harry Wardman (center) with an associate in 1925.

When the Tower rose in 1928, Wardman had put his stamp on Washington for nearly 30 years, and was capping a decade of unprecedented construction in his career. Mihran Mesrobian, his chief architect and designer of the Tower, had collaborated with the real estate speculator since the early '20s. The two men would work closely on projects until Wardman's death in 1938. The Roaring '20s proved to be Wardman's and Mesrobian's heyday, with multiple major projects rising at a frenetic pace.


The original residence of Harry Wardman, built in 1909; it was torn down to make way for a new era: Wardman Tower.


Harry Wardman, who created more than 4,000 structures in Washington, D.C.


The towering Georgian Revival entrance gates facing Woodley Road are all that remain of the original Wardman Park Hotel, Wardman's gift of an in-city resort to Washington's elite and influential. However, the visionary developer's commitment to exceptional design and quality construction remains everywhere apparent in Wardman Tower.


The Hay-Adams House, designed by Mesrobian and developer Wardman, remains the preferred residence of visiting dignitaries when they are in town.


President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird Johnson, lived in Wardman Tower, along with dozens of other political luminaries and Hollywood royalty.


The Historic Landmarked exterior, with its myriad architectural features and decorative detail, is undergoing a meticulous restoration by The JBG Companies. It is highly likely that the Tower will continue the storied tradition of being home to Washington's leading citizens for many years to come.

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