Built in the 1890s, the Old Post Office Pavilion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the tallest buildings in the city, with a distinctive clock tower offering breathtaking 360 degree views of the city. The tower is under the control of the National Park Service and is open to the public free of charge. From here, you can see most of DC's monuments and famous buildings. The Old Post Office Clock Tower also houses the official United States Bells of Congress, a bicentennial gift from England celebrating the end of the Revolutionary War. The tower is open to the elements; dress appropriately. While the Washington Monument is closed for repairs (due to the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in 2011), this is the best venue to view the city. I bring my out-of-town guests here and recommend it to anyone visiting the city. Renovations to the interior of the Old Post Office Pavilion could soon begin, possibly in 2014, by none other than Donald J. Trump. The New York real estate magnate’s hotel company has been selected to turn Washington’s Old Post Office Pavilion into a luxury hotel. He and the General Services Administration still must come to terms on a final financial agreement, one that governs the use of the building and preservation of its historic aspects. Trump would lease the land from the government and the clock tower would remain under the control of the National Park Service and open to the public. The hotel could open as early as 2016.
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