B. F. Saul Company

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B. F. Saul Company
IndustryReal estate
Founded1892; 130 years ago (1892)
FounderBernard Francis Saul
HeadquartersBethesda, Maryland, United States

B. F. Saul Company is a large, private real estate firm based in Bethesda, Maryland. The company owns and manages several properties in the Washington metropolitan area and one property in Fort Lauderdale, Florida including 20 hotels. Notable properties include the Hay-Adams Hotel and the Kennedy-Warren Apartment Building.

The company is an affiliate of Saul Centers, Inc., a public company and real estate investment trust that is a component of the S&P 600 index.



On December 1, 1892, at the age of 19, Bernard Francis Saul founded Saul Company in Washington, D.C. Saul Company became a successful mortgage bank and developer. Within 8 years of starting the firm, B. Francis Saul founded the Home Savings Bank and soon after merged it with the American Security and Trust Company. Saul Company became B. F. Saul Company.[1]

In 1969, Bernard Saul II founded Chevy Chase Bank. That same year, the B.F. Saul Real Estate Investment Trust became a public company via an initial public offering.[2]

In 1931, the company acquired the Kennedy-Warren Apartment Building after its prior owners went bankrupt during the Great Depression.[3]

In 1976, the hotel division was founded.[citation needed]

In 1983, it was reported that the company serviced a $2 billion in mortgages and originated another $500 million in mortgages annually.[4]

In 1988, the company took B.F. Saul Real Estate Investment Trust private.[2]

In 1993, Saul Centers, Inc. was formed to hold much of the company's real estate assets and became a public company via an initial public offering.[2]

In 1997, B.F. Saul Real Estate Trust announced plans for additional developments in Atlanta.[5]

In 2004, the company completed a $70 million expansion of the Kennedy-Warren Apartment Building.[3] In December 2006, the company began construction of Park Place II, an 11-story, 312,897 square foot office building in Tysons, Virginia.[6] In March 2009, Hilton Worldwide leased one-third of the building.[7] In 2017, Hilton began seeking alternative locations.[8]

In 2009, the Saul family sold Chevy Chase Bank to Capital One for $520 million in cash and stock.[9]

In 2012, the company completed a $50 million renovation of the Kennedy-Warren Apartment Building.[3] In July 2012, the company pulled out of a partnership with Montgomery County, Maryland to develop a property near Wheaton station.[10] In September 2012, B. Francis Saul III resigned from Saul Centers, Inc.[11][12]

In October 2013, the company sold its remaining holdings in Atlanta, Georgia for $45 million.[13] In February 2014, Saul Centers, Inc., the real estate investment trust affiliated with the company, acquired a property near Twinbrook in Rockville, Maryland for $62.5 million.[14] In April 2017, Saul Centers, Inc., announced plans to develop 10 buildings on the site.[15][16]

In November 2015, Saul Centers, Inc., the real estate trust affiliated with the company, proposed constructing a 483-unit apartment building with 68,000 square feet of retail in Ballston, Arlington, Virginia.[17][18] In May 2017, Target Corporation signed a lease at the property.[19] In August 2017, Saul Centers secured a $157 million loan for the development.[20] In 2016, the company broke ground on a 10-story Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel in Rosslyn, Virginia.[21][22]


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  2. ^ a b c Hinden, Stan (July 19, 1993). "REAL ESTATE MAVENS TURN TO REITS FOR CASH". American City Business Journals.
  3. ^ a b c Heath, Thomas (June 12, 2011). "B.F. Saul wraps up Kennedy-Warren renovation". The Washington Post.
  4. ^ Lippman, Thomas W. (July 18, 1983). "The Empire of B. F. Saul II: Closed Circle of Family-Owned Firms". The Washington Post.
  5. ^ Stephens, Erica (December 8, 1997). "B.F. Saul plans stir quiet Circle 75 Office Park". American City Business Journals.
  6. ^ Natarajan, Prabha (November 27, 2006). "B.F. Saul to build Class A tower in Tysons Corner". American City Business Journals.
  7. ^ "Park Place II In Tysons Corner To Become Hilton's Global Headquarters". Hospitality Net. March 12, 2009.
  8. ^ Sernovitz, Daniel J. (July 7, 2017). "Exclusive: Hilton weighing prospects for Tysons headquarters". American City Business Journals.
  9. ^ Goldfarb, Zachary A.; Appelbaum, Binyamin (December 4, 2008). "Capital One to Buy Chevy Chase". The Washington Post.
  10. ^ "B.F. Saul pulls out of Wheaton development partnership". American City Business Journals. July 12, 2012.
  11. ^ O'Connell, Jonathan; Heath, Thomas (September 7, 2012). "B.F. Saul III leaving Saul Centers". The Washington Post.
  12. ^ O'Connell, Jonathan (November 28, 2016). "His dad is worth $3.5 billion. At 50, the son left the family business". The Washington Post.
  13. ^ LeClaire, Jennifer (October 20, 2013). "Scott Buys Three Atlanta Office Buildings for $45M". Globe St.
  14. ^ Sernovitz, Daniel J. (May 14, 2014). "B.F. Saul's big play in Rockville: A $62 million development deal". American City Business Journals.
  15. ^ Goff, Karen (August 30, 2017). "B.F. Saul pitching 10 buildings as part of Twinbrook Metro redevelopment". American City Business Journals.
  16. ^ Banister, Jon (August 29, 2017). "Saul Centers Proposes 10-Building Mixed-Use Project Near Twinbrook Metro Station". Bisnow Media.
  17. ^ Neibauer, Michael (November 17, 2015). "B.F. Saul's big pitch for high-profile Ballston block takes shape". American City Business Journals.
  18. ^ Neibauer, Michael (May 31, 2016). "Saul Centers designing a path forward for huge Ballston project". American City Business Journals.
  19. ^ Neibauer, Michael (May 16, 2017). "Small-format Target is coming to Ballston". American City Business Journals.
  20. ^ Neibauer, Michael (August 30, 2017). "Saul lands $157M loan to partially finance massive Ballston project". American City Business Journals.
  21. ^ Neibauer, Michael (June 1, 2016). "B.F. Saul kicks off Homewood Suites project at Rosslyn's Colony House corner". American City Business Journals.
  22. ^ "B.F Saul Company Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Homewood Suites by Hilton in Arlington, Virginia". Hotel Online. June 6, 2016.