Thursday, March 21, 2019

Boston's Fairmont Copley Plaza named 2019 Historic Hotels of America Historic Hotel of the Year

Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA

Washington, DC, March 21, 2019 -- Historic Hotels of America® is proud to announce that the Fairmont Copley Plaza (1912) in Boston, Massachusetts has been selected as the 2019 Historic Hotel of the Year.

John Singleton Copley
This prestigious award is given annually to a historic hotel that best celebrates its history in the guest experience and provides exceptional customer hospitality and service.

Stanley Turkel
To honor the 2019 Historic Hotel of the Year, the Fairmont Copley Plaza has been given the coveted placement as the featured hotel in the inside front cover of the 2019 Historic Hotels of America Annual Directory.

Henry Janeway Hardenbergh
The Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel was one of the original charter members of Historic Hotels of America when it was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Fairmont Copley Plaza has been a landmark in Boston's historic Back Bay since 1912. Constructed on the original site of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, the hotel derives its name from the great American painter John Singleton Copley (1738-1774).

Lawrence Horwitz
The photograph featured on the inside front cover of the 2019 Historic Hotels of America Annual Directory shows the gilded, coffered ceilings decorated with trompe l'oeil paintings soaring over the grand, 5,000-square-foot lobby.

Throughout the hotel there are period antiques, with particular detailing that reinforces Fairmont Copley Plaza's distinctive, refined character.

George Terpilowski
 Historian and author, Stanley Turkel, states “The Fairmont Copley Plaza is known for these industry firsts: the first completely air conditioned hotel in Boston, the first hotel with an international reservation system, and the first to accept credit cards.”

The hotel's architect, Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, combined French and Venetian Renaissance influences on the building's facade.

Lena Horne
Since he also designed The Plaza Hotel in New York, also a Fairmont Managed Hotel, he used many of the same plans for the two buildings.

 Both hotels share the famous double "P" monogram featured along the buildings’ exteriors, in the ballrooms and on doorknobs throughout the hotels.

Rudy Vallee
Hardenbergh was also the architect for The Martinique in New York City and The Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, DC. All four have been inducted into Historic Hotels of America.

“For more than a century, Fairmont Copley Plaza has been a symbol of Boston’s wonderful hospitality, culture, heritage, and traditions,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide.

Tony Bennett
“We are pleased to recognize the owners, leadership, and employees of Fairmont Copley Plaza for their stewardship of this iconic historic hotel and for increasing the recognition and celebration of its history and traditions.” 

“As a hotel that embraces its rich history every day, it is an honor for Fairmont Copley Plaza to be awarded this prestigious accolade,” said George Terpilowski, Regional Vice President, Northeast U.S. Region for Accor, and General Manager, Fairmont Copley Plaza.

Frank Sinatra
“We are proud that today’s modern traveler has an experience here very similar to visitors in 1912, and look forward to remaining the epitome of style and luxury in the city of Boston for many years to come.”

Located in Boston's historic Back Bay, Fairmont Copley Plaza stands alongside the Boston Public Library, Trinity Church, and Hancock Tower as one the architectural landmarks of Copley Square.

(Charles) Prince of Wales
Nearly every U.S. president since Taft has stayed at Fairmont Copley Plaza. Many foreign dignitaries, royalty and countless celebrities including Lena Horne, Dorothy Lewis, Rudy Vallee, Frank Sinatra, the Prince of Wales, Tony Bennett and Luciano Pavarotti have also graced this Boston hotel. 

To download a copy of the 2019 Historic Hotels Annual Directory, visit

Luciano Pavarotti

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. 

The Martinique Hotel, New York, NY

Historic Hotels of America has more than 300 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 historic hotels. More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. 

The Willard Intercontinental Hotel lobby, Washington, DC
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


 Heather Taylor
Historic Hotels of America       
 Senior Manager, Marketing Communications      
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Hold-Thyssen closes on New Leases for a Theatre Company, Granite Tools Supplier, Wedding and Event Company at Edgewater Commerce Center in College Park district, Orlando, FL

Edgewater Commerce Center, 6250 Edgewater Drive,
College Park Area, Orlando, FL
ORLANDO / WINTER PARK --- Hold-Thyssen, Inc., a full-service commercial property firm based in Winter Park, recently negotiated three new long-term leases for a total of 13,200 rentable square feet at Edgewater Commerce Center in the College Park area of Orlando at 6250 Edgewater Drive. 

Alex Rowlinson
The Hold-Thyssen leasing team of Alex Rowlinson and Troy Stevens represented the owner/landlord of the commerce center, Miami-based Edgewater Commerce Center LLC.  

The new tenants include:

The Container Center for Performing Arts leased 9,200 square feet of retail/flex space for five years.   The theatre company will bring musicals and other performances to the Orlando area.

Web Granite Supplies, Inc. who sells granite cutting and other hardware products, leased 2,400 square feet of flex space for five years. 

Fiora Designs, Inc. a wedding and event company that specializes in design, production and execution of weddings, has leased 1,600 square feet of flex space for three years.

Troy Stevens
The new businesses brought Edgewater Commerce Center ’s occupancy up to 85 percent. 

Hold-Thyssen, Inc. provides commercial property brokerage, leasing and management services to institutional and private investor clients nationwide.  

The 40-year old firm’s current portfolio includes more that 100 commercial properties throughout the United States .

Anthony Fisher, Vice President, Hold-Thyssen Inc., 

Robert P. Hold, Principal, Hold-Thyssen, Inc., 

Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications Inc. 

Central Florida Commercial Association of Realtors Presents Annual Hallmark Awards April 24 at Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, Lake Mary, FL

Paul Partyka

ORLANDO, FL -- The annual Hallmark Awards presented by the Central Florida Commercial Association of Realtors (CFCAR) are returning.  The awards luncheon will be held April 24 at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary , 1501 International Parkway .  Turnout is expected to be high, so register today!

The 2019 Hallmark Awards will honor the top commercial real estate producers for 2018.  Make note that the eligibility rules have changed, and the awards are open to all commercial real estate producers.

You do not have to be a member of CFCAR to qualify. The objective is to honor the best commercial producers in the 10-county Greater Central Florida region.

Awards will be given for top producers of each major industry segment, overall production for each county and the region as a whole. The firm that fields the most winners will also be recognized, so teams are encouraged to register.

Orlando Marriott Lake Mary Hotel, Lake Mary, FL
“The Hallmark Awards serve as an inspiration to the next generation of commercial real estate professionals entering the business,” explains Paul Partyka, Hallmark Awards Chairman and President-Elect of CFCAR.  “They will have an opportunity to see the best of the best on stage and to hear about their outstanding transactional accomplishments.”

Additionally, special awards will be presented to individuals for Community Service, for Top Affiliate and the Wilber Strickland Lifetime Achievement Award.

Do you have what it takes?

For more information, please visit or call 407-816-7368


Paul P. Partyka, CCIM, CFCAR Hallmark Awards Chairman, The Partyka Group at NAI Realvest 407-341-0805

Florida CCIM Chapter Presents Commercial Real Estate Lending Panel Mar. 28 at Bear Lakes Country Club, West Palm Beach, FL


Gregory Laskody, CCIM

Grover Corlew Acquires Hillsboro Center in Deerfield Beach, FL for $32.5 Million

Hillsboro Center, 600 West Hillsboro Boulevard,
 Deerfield Beach, FL

DEERFIELD BEACH, FL – Grover Corlew, a South Florida-based real estate investment management group, has acquired the 216,101-sq.-ft. Hillsboro Center in Deerfield Beach, Florida for $32.5 million.

Anuj Glover
Hillsboro Center includes a six-story, 116,250-sq.-ft. Class A office tower at 600 West Hillsboro Blvd. and four two-story office buildings with 99,851 sq. ft. at 700 West Hillsboro Blvd.

The buildings are centrally located in an established and busy business corridor at the southeast corner of Hillsboro Boulevard and I-95 and are close to retail, dining and lodging establishments.

“We specialize in transforming centrally located suburban office properties into revitalized spaces that meet the needs of today’s businesses,” said Partner Anuj Grover.

“Hillsboro Center is well positioned in a growing area of Deerfield Beach. Our proximity to I-95, U.S. 1 and the Dixie Highway flyover bridge connecting the city to Boca Raton makes Hillsboro Center a prime, easily accessible location.”

Buildings in Hillsboro Center offer flexible floor plans, 5:1,000 free surface parking, on-site management and security, lushly landscaped walkways, courtyard sitting areas, a tranquil pond, waterfalls and an on-site café.

Mark Corlew
 Hillsboro Center is currently 90 percent leased with such notable tenants as Dart Container Corporation, Humana and Old Republic National Title Company.

The area surrounding Hillsboro Center is bustling with activity. Just west of Hillsboro Center, JM Family Enterprises is undergoing a $150 million renovation and expansion of its headquarters campus and Ram Realty Advisors is building Deerfield Station, an apartment complex with retail space.

“Hillsboro Center is a tremendous long-term investment for us,” said Partner Mark Corlew, whose group focuses on acquiring, developing and operating office, retail and multi-family properties across the Southeastern U.S. “This high-end complex fits in perfectly with our portfolio of signature office properties.”

The acquisition of Hillsboro Center boosts Grover Corlew’s total Florida commercial portfolio to two million sq. ft.  Cushman & Wakefield represented the seller in the transaction.


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