The Line DC hotel is located in an 110-year-old church in Washington DC’s Adams Morgan neighbourhood. The neoclassical marble-clad structure is fronted by pillars and features 60-foot (18-metre) vaulted ceilings, millwork and brass detailing inside.
INC Architecture and Design overhauled the historic building to create the hotel’s lobby, two bars and two restaurants, while a new mid-rise masonry construction at the rear accommodates 220 guest rooms.
Inside, mismatched furnishings are placed together to convey an old-meets-new design. Inside the lobby, church organ pipes have been repurposed as an architectural chandelier, and pews act as seating. Curvy, cobalt sofas fill the spacious entrance.
Other pieces include upholstered leather dining chairs and writing desks evocative of a lawyer’s office, alongside hexagonal Moroccan coffee tables, and minimal wood and chrome designs.
“The Line DC is the ultimate mash-up of old-school homage and vanguard progressiveness,” said a project description from INC Architecture and Design. “A bipartisan aesthetic, if you will.”
Throughout the hotel, walls are kept white so as not distract from the eclectic mix of furnishings, while herringbone wood floors are a nod to the site’s historic features.
Each room has a custom brass bed frame, a solid oak writing desk, and a variety of side tables and other furniture that convey a juxtaposition of old and new.
Also included are mini libraries populated with volumes from neighbourhood store Idle Times Books, and granite bookends by local furniture maker and musician Jonah Takagi.
For food and drinks, guests can pick from the choice of A Rake’s Progress restaurant and bar, The Cup We All Race 4 coffee shop, American restaurant Brothers and Sisters, and Japanese eatery Spoken English.
The Line DC also boasts a fitness room, a spacious rooftop, and its own radio station – a feature also found at the city’s Eaton Workshop hotel.
This is the third hotel in the Line chain to open in the US, following outposts in Austin and Los Angeles – all managed by Sydell Group.
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