When then-candidate Donald Trump cut the ribbon reopening of Washington’s legendary Old Post Office Pavilion as the new Trump International Hotel, little attention was given to the national treasure hidden in A bell tower that now provides the best views of the capital city of the country.
The gold-plated, Romanesque building, completed in 1899, is the second tallest building in Washington D. C. is the property of the taxpayer, but is rented to the Asset of the company. And with the Washington Monument closed for renovations, the tower is the highest point of the public can visit.
Fox News have recently been at the clock tower, which in the 360-degree view of the city from a room with 10 clocks. The tower is managed by the National Park Service, and public tours are conducted through the service will start soon.
The bells that chime on federal holidays, the presidential elections and the inaugurations are a large part of the buildings storied history. In 1976, on the occasion of the jubilee Year, a British philanthropic organization, the Ditchley Foundation of Great Britain, gifted them to the Congress.
In 1983, the bells, a symbol of the friendship between the old allies, were installed in the clock tower. In addition to the ringing on special occasions, they are also heard on the Thursday night, when the Washington Bell Society practice for the big events.
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The police wait outside the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington in January this file photo.
The Old post office is the position between the White House and Capitol Hill is a part of the ots historical legacy, according to Jane Levey, a member of the Historical society of Washington.
“In 1899, the post office was the glue that the country together,” Levey told Fox News’ Jenna Lee. “At that time, before we had electronic communication, before we had good transportation, if you are a congressman and you had to be in contact with your donors need the post office. And if you are a businessman and you had to be in contact with your customers, you had the post office.
“So it was the most important government function for pretty much the first hundred years in addition to defence,” she added.
But in the course of the years, the building had narrow escapes from the wrecking ball and was even once a central point in a sketchy neighborhood that included numerous bars and brothels. Levey said the surrounding area was ever so dangerous, it was unofficially also known as “Murder Bay.”
Those days are over, and the Old post office and clock tower, a prominent part of the capital of the nation, with a direct link to the current occupant of the White House. And soon, the public will be able to enjoy the view, Fox News enjoyed.
“Now the Old post office is in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue, America’s main street,” said Mike Litterst, spokesman for the National Park Service. “So you have the Capitol building from the east, you have the White House from the west side, a complete overview of the National Mall with all the museums, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
“If you’re coming to the city to explore and see what there is,” said Litterst, “this is a great place to start.”