Watch Demo Machine Tearing Down the Bethesda Court Hotel

Watch Demo Machine Tearing Down the Bethesda Court Hotel

Workers remove the 61-year-old hotel to prepare site for Marriott headquarters

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Demolition crews tear down the Bethesda Court Hotel on Tuesday at the site of the future Marriott International headquarters.

Danielle E. Gaines

The walls of the Bethesda Court Hotel were coming down Tuesday morning, as demolition crews cleared the downtown property for a different hotel brand to move in.

The property is part of the project site for the future Marriott International headquarters, a $600 million campus slated for completion in 2022. The corporate base—just south of the intersection of Wisconsin and Norfolk avenues—will include a 785,000-square-foot office building and a 244-room hotel.

Developers Bernstein Cos. and Boston Properties broke ground on the project in June. A notice posted at the site in late July stated that demolition work could require up to 10 weeks of sidewalk and lane closures around the site.

The 74-room Bethesda Court Hotel at 7740 Wisconsin Ave. is coming down along with the nearby Blackwell Building and the former Tako Grill restaurant. The hotel closed its doors several months ago after 61 years of doing business.

“While we mark the closing of Bethesda Court after so many years of faithfully serving its guests, the new Marriott campus represents a turn to the future and the arrival of a prestigious, blue-chip corporation in downtown Bethesda,” Greg Rooney, vice president of development for Bernstein, said in a prepared statement earlier this year.

The hotel originally opened in 1957 as the Bethesdan Motor Hotel. Bernstein bought the hotel property about 30 years ago.

Marriott plans to move roughly 3,500 corporate employees from its current Fernwood Road headquarters to the new offices in downtown Bethesda in 2022.

Demolition work on the Bethesda Court Hotel. Credit: Danielle E. Gaines.
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