Twenty Hilton Hotels & Resorts Properties Honored by Historic Hotels of America

Iconic U.S. Hotels Celebrate Classic Grandeur as They Continue to Evolve for Today’s Traveler

MCLEAN, Va.--()--From Palmer House®, A Hilton Hotel – Chicago to Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 20 storied Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties have been designated to join the prestigious Historic Hotels of America™ organization. The official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation®, Historic Hotels of America recognizes and celebrates the finest hotels for faithfully maintaining their authenticity, sense of place and architectural integrity. To qualify for the program, hotels must be at least 50 years old, designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, and have historic significance.

As the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Hotels & Resorts boasts a vibrant 95-year history marked by once-in-a-lifetime celebrations and iconic moments that have taken place at many of its more than 550 properties across six continents in more than 80 countries and territories. Combining touches of classic grandeur with industry-leading amenities geared for today’s modern traveler, each honored historic hotel exemplifies Hilton’s commitment to setting the stage for some of the world’s most celebrated moments.

“From the invention of the classic piña colada, which this year celebrates its 60th anniversary, to the role the brand has played in some of the world’s most famous events, including hosting Civil Rights March leaders following Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in 1965, we are proud of Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ notable past and continued evolution,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide. “The distinctive properties joining Historic Hotels of America exemplify the brand’s status as the global leader of hospitality, and we are honored to share the stories of so many of our outstanding hotels through this exciting partnership.”

In celebration of the achievement, Hilton Hotels & Resorts invites guests, team members and members of our communities to take a journey back in time with vibrant stories, photos and historical facts available online at

The properties that have been recognized by the prestigious Historic Hotels of America program include:


Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort

  Hawaii   1957      

Setting of Elvis Presley’s famed movie, “Blue Hawaii” (1961)

Palmer House®, A Hilton Hotel

  Illinois   1873       Invented the brownie when Bertha Palmer requested a dessert for ladies attending the Chicago 1893 World's Fair

Hilton Chicago

  Illinois   1927      

In 1942, the U.S. Army purchased the hotel for $6 million for use as barracks and classrooms for the Army Air Force during World War II

Hilton Orrington/Evanston

  Illinois   1923       Named in honor of Orrington Lunt, well-known philanthropist and co-founder of Northwestern University

The Drake Hotel *

  Illinois   1920       Newlyweds Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio carved their initials into the bar’s wooden counter

The Seelbach Hilton Louisville

  Kentucky   1905       Inspired Tom and Daisy Buchanan’s wedding reception in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”

Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue

  Louisiana   1926       Upon completion, this magnificent 20-story Gothic Revival story Neo-Gothic style building was hailed as the first skyscraper in New Orleans

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center *

  Louisiana   1927      

Briefly served as the Louisiana State Capitol in 1931 during a power struggle between Governor Huey Long and Lieutenant Governor Paul Cyr

Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall

  Massachusetts   1928       Boston’s first Art Deco skyscraper that was originally designed as an office building

Hilton President Kansas City *

  Missouri   1926       Headquarters for the 1928 Republican National Convention

Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch

  Missouri   1888      

Retains the original vaults of its 19th century predecessor, Merchant Laclède National Bank

Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza

  New Mexico   1625       Housed in a landmark 300-year-old hacienda; three luxury casitas were built within the adobe walls of the original coach house of the 17th century estate

Hilton Manhattan East

  New York   1931      

The 20-story Tudor City apartment complex at 42nd Street and 2nd Avenue was hailed as the first residential skyscraper complex in the world upon the building’s completion

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

  Ohio   1931       One of the world’s finest examples of French Art Deco style; hotel has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark

The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City *

  Oklahoma   1911       Provided a safe room for guests to privately drink during the Prohibition era

Hilton Fort Worth *

  Texas   1921       President Kennedy delivered his last address in the Crystal Ballroom, on Nov. 22, 1963

The Capital Hilton

  Washington, D.C.   1943       Built a hidden auto-lift for President Franklin D. Roosevelt to access the second-floor Presidential Ballroom

Hilton Milwaukee City Center *

  Wisconsin   1928       The city’s largest classic Art Deco hotel with rich furnishing and distinctive architecture

Caribe Hilton

  Puerto Rico   1949       Beachcombers Bar is the birthplace of the piña colada (1954); hotel is located two miles from Old San Juan, a UNESCO World Heritage site

The Condado Plaza Hilton

  Puerto Rico   1963       Designed by renowned architect Morris Lapidus, known for his neo-baroque modern style that defined the era

* Listed in the National Register of Historic Places


“These diverse and fascinating Hilton historic hotels celebrate rich aspects of the heritage, history and culture of the United States of America,” said Lawrence Horwitz, executive director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “We are proud to welcome these iconic and legendary hotels as members of Historic Hotels of America. Hilton Hotels & Resorts has an impressive record for saving and restoring some of the finest historic hotels going back to its founder, Conrad Hilton.”

In addition to honoring these 20 properties, the organization recognized two existing Hilton Hotels & Resorts Historic Hotels of America properties with the Historic Hotels of America 2014 Awards of Excellence:

  • Historic Hotelier of the Year – Michel Sheer, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
  • Hotel Historian of the Year – Ken Price, Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel – Chicago
  • Best Historic Hotel (over 400 guestrooms) – Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel – Chicago
  • Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel – Orchids at Palm Court, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

In celebration of the honor, many of the recognized hotels may welcome guests to experience the history and evolution of their properties through lobby photography exhibitions, special events, promotions and more throughout the year.

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About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Founded in 1919 as the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to build upon its legacy of innovation by developing products and services to meet the needs of savvy global travelers at more than 550 hotels across six continents. Hilton is the stylish, forward-thinking global leader in hospitality with Team Members shaping experiences in which every guest feels cared for, valued and respected. Access the latest news at and begin your journey at or for the latest hotel specials. View a list of official social channels at Hilton Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s 12 brands.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,200 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 690,000 rooms in 93 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Visit more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at,,, and

About Historic Hotels of America

Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation® for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with 32 charter members. Today, Historic Hotels of America has more than 260 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties. More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance. For more information, please visit

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Jacqueline Toppings
Hilton Worldwide
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Jacqueline Toppings
Hilton Worldwide
+1 703 883 6587