John Cortale: Some History of The Hay-Adams Luxury Hotel For Maryland resident John Cortale, The

Hay-Adams hotel in Washington, D.C., holds a special place in his life. In October 2009, Mr. Cortale married his college sweetheart. After the ceremony in College Park, Maryland, they held their reception at the luxurious Hay-Adams. Steeped in history and prestige, The Hay-Adams sits on the site once occupied by the homes of 19thcentury Secretary of State John Milton Hay and esteemed American journalist (and close relative of Presidents John Quincy Adams and John Adams) Henry Adams. The Hay-Adams was designed by famous architect Mihran Mesrobian in the late 1920s and built soon after. In the 1930s, hotel magnate Julius Manger purchased The Hay-Adams. At the time, he was one of the largest independent hotel operators in the country. In the 2000s, real estate firm B.F. Saul Company bought The Hay-Adams. In recent years, President Barack Obama stayed at the hotel with his family prior to his 2009 inauguration.