Omni William Penn Hotel
This year's conference will be held at the historic Omni William Penn Hotel.
Designed by renowned architects Benno Janssen, and Franklin Abbott, the hotel was the last building venture of Henry Clay Frick, one of Pittsburgh's wealthiest industrialists, and was completed at a cost of $6 million in 1916. Frick envisioned the William Penn as Pittsburgh's showplace, designed to rival the great hotels of Europe in Old World style and enhanced with the sophisticated technology offered by the 20th century. At the time of its opening, it was hailed as the "Grandest Hotel in the Nation".
The hotel received the prestigious Editor's Choice Award in the Business Hotels category on Suite101.com. Several U.S. Presidents have appeared or stayed at the hotel, including Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan. It was also listed in the "Best Weddings 2009" roster. The hotel has an award winning restaurant that dates from 1916, the Terrace Room, featuring among other amenities a wall long mural entitled "The taking of Fort Pitt". The Terrace Room was voted "Best Hotel Dining" establishment in both 2008 and 2009.