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The last room renovation, along with an overhaul of the entire hotel, was completed in 2009 at The Jefferson, Washington, D.C. Though the building has stood at 16th Street NW and M Street NW since 1923, and has operated as a hotel since 1955, only the bare walls of the building's stone facade are original or even recent. In 2007, the hotel was gutted, its rooms reconfigured and everything inside rebuilt before re-opening in 2009.
But with its marble flooring and antique woods, it doesn't look soullessly new. The authentic feel at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel may be because the reconstruction was done with so many historical details in mind and with many reclaimed materials: In the conference and private dining space called the Cellar, for instance, the wood of the walls were once installed in a Civil War-era uniform factory in Massachusetts, and the tables are constructed from antique parquet flooring.
In Plume, the Washington D.C. hotel's fine dining restaurant, only one of the antique-looking wall sconces is original to the building. The rest were copied to match the original. A similar technique was used for the molding in the lobby and The Greenhouse dining area — a chunk of original material remained, and it was replicated throughout the first floor of the hotel. Details like these, and the brilliant materials used throughout, mean “brand-new” at The Jefferson doesn't feel or look character-free.