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Walker Hotel Corporation

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Product Details

Beautifully engraved stock certificate from the Walker Hotel Corporation dating back to the early 1900's. This document was printed by Young & Selden, and measures approximately 11 3/4" (w) by 9 1/2" (h).

 

This certificate features a great vignette of the company's hotel.

The images presented are representative of the piece(s) you will receive. When representative images are presented for one of our offerings, you will receive a certificate in similar condition as the one pictured; however dating, denomination, certificate number and issuance details may vary.

 

Historical Context

The Walker Hotel Corporation, headed by Allen E. Walker, began construction of the Washington DC's largest, most modern, most luxurious hotel in July 1922, five blocks from the White House at a site formerly occupied by a convent on what was then a street of large and fashionable residences. It was to be known as the Hotel Walker.

In September 1924, the Walker Hotel Corporation - constantly skirting bankruptcy in the face of construction delays and soaring costs - sold controlling interest in the hotel corporation to C. C. Mitchell.

The hotel opened the following year as the Mayflower - an impressive ten-story building in a restrained Beaux-Arts style, constructed of steel and concrete and finished in buff-colored brick set in common bond above an ashlar limestone base, with terra-cotta trim and quoins. It was bounded on the north by DeSales Street, NW, on the east by Seventeenth Street, NW, and on the west by Connecticut Avenue, NW.

Allen Walker was a prominent business man and city booster credited with developing Brookland and large areas of northwest Washington during the boom that followed World War I. Walker died suddenly in May 1925.