WASHINGTON (ABC7) — One of D.C.’s most iconic landmarks has been created in gingerbread.
The Willard InterContinental, the historic luxury hotel located on Pennsylvania Avenue, made a gingerbread display model of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
The display weighs 500 pounds and features 100 LED lights, 30 feet of electrical wire, 306 pieces of gingerbread and 30 pounds of fondant standing as the runways. It also includes live audio feed from the airport’s control tower.
Overall, it took more than 350 hours to complete the gingerbread airport, with design work beginning in September and construction beginning in November. The Willard’s executive pastry chef Jason Jimenez, pastry cook Magenta Livengood and engineer David Sanabria – with assistance by the hotel’s entire pastry team – led the design and construction.
For the Willard, the display is part of an annual tribute to create an iconic landmark in and around D.C. out of gingerbread. In the case of the airport model, it was selected by Historic Hotels of America as of the 25 best gingerbread creations at its hotel members for this year.
Reagan National Airport, situated along the Potomac River in Arlington just outside of D.C., opened on June 16, 1941. It’s one of three major airports in the greater Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, along with Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.