The George Washington Hotel (Pennsylvania)

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The George Washington Hotel
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General information
Type Commercial
Location Washington, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°10′11.4″N 80°14′40.9″W / 40.169833°N 80.244694°W / 40.169833; -80.244694
Completed 1923
Design and construction
Architect William Lee Stoddart

The George Washington Hotel in Washington, Pennsylvania was designed by renowned architect William Lee Stoddart and built in 1923. Since then, it has been graced by Presidents John F. Kennedy and Harry S. Truman, film star Joan Blondell, big band leader Harry James, among many persons of distinction. The hotel is also home to the largest remaining mural of early American artist, Malcolm Parcell.

On May 25, 1825, the Marquis de Lafayette visited Washington, Pennsylvania and dined at the George Washington Hotel's Pioneer Grill at stayed at the nearby Globe Inn on his tour of the United States to celebrate the 50th anniversary of independence.[1]

After the closing of the Hays Hall dormitory at Washington & Jefferson College, the George Washington Hotel served as a residence hall from 1968 to 1971.[2] The College rented the entire 5th and 6th floors.[2] These two floors contained 25 rooms each, which was enough for the 86 former residents of Hayes Hall, the House Mother, and four floor proctors.[2]

The horror film New Terminal Hotel, starring Corey Haim, was filmed there.[3] In 2010, firefighters discovered what they believed to be the scene of the "most grisly murder in [Washington in] 35 years" and spent 8 hours investigating the scene before discovering that it was instead left over from the film.[3]


  1. ^ "A City of Presidents. A Self-Guided Walking Tour" (Issuu). Washington & Jefferson College. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Hays Hall". U. Grant Miller Library Digital Archives. Washington & Jefferson College. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
  3. ^ a b "Police chief investigates 'most grisly murder in 35 years' before discovering blood-spattered scene is a horror movie set". Daily Mail. United Kingdom. December 2, 2010.

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