The Trump International Hotel is in the Old Post Office Pavilion, one of Washington D.C.’s most historically valued buildings. Completed in 1899, the building served as a postal sorting facility until 1914. After this date, the building became an office building, surviving two significant developments planned for the area, which threatened the destruction of the building. Creating a modern 5-star hotel in a historical structure such as the Old Post Office, with the intent of preserving the historical value of the exterior and interior, was a challenge that the architect and the developer have successfully overcome.
Rugo Stone was contracted to furnish & install all of the new natural stone intended for the hotel. The natural stone in each guest room and public space bathrooms of the hotel was extremely well blended. A careful stone selection of the primary color Statuario Venato marble complemented with an accent color of Rubicon dark grey marble gave an exquisite composition. Each unit and public space bathroom was factory dry-lay and inspected, to ensure all material was installed without any inaccuracy – the crating had to be performed by unit. The unit baths consisted of 18 x 18” tile, with a custom base of ¾,” sills, and triple laminated vanity tops. Rugo Stone’s crews have completed 270 guestroom bathrooms in record time.
All the primary public space bathrooms are clad and paved in Statuario and Emperador marble. The secondary public space baths and locker rooms are clad in porcelain tile with Absolute Black granite vanities. The Cortile area (the main public lobby of the hotel) measures 139’ x 98’. The Cortile floor is paved in large format, custom cut, lustrous Classic Emperador Dark marble. The Owner mandated selection of the Emperador marble was very challenging to procure and represented only 5% of the quarry production. The entire Cortile was also factory dry-lay and blended to ensure complete Owner satisfaction. Rugo also pre-floated over 10,000 sq ft of structural slab fill to accommodate the new marble and new carpet infill areas. The main lobby bar was fabricated from Vanilla White onyx with an end matching vein pattern and delicate half bullnose epoxy leading edge. The Cortile also features the grand stair that was clad in new Emperador marble treads, risers, and large format landing pieces also in matching Emperador Brown marble. Opposite the main bar is the BLT Prime restaurant, which features a grand wall of 8’-6” tall pieces of Calacatta Grey marble with a slip matched pattern. The rest of the space is completed with Flueri Cut Calacatta Grey marble flooring, a grand central staircase, bar tops, and server tops throughout the entire restaurant space. This crisp modern contrast provides a distinct transition from the Cortile public space into the BLT space, where over 7,500 sq ft of marble was used.