16. August 2019
The new LINE in Washington DC synthesizes site-specific design with dynamic culinary offerings to create an all-hours social hub for locals and travelers
Housed in a neoclassical church that has been thoughtfully renovated to preserve the building’s architectural features – including 60-foot vaulted ceilings, millwork and brass detailing, and large copper entry doors – the 20th century structure sits alongside a contextual addition connected through the lobby. The project includes 220 guest rooms, a number of dining and drinking options, a live broadcast podcast network and internet radio station called Full Service Radio, and a rooftop with sweeping views encompassing the Washington Monument and the Washington National Cathedral.
In the lobby, church organ pipes have been repurposed into an architectural chandelier while the original pews take on new colors and shapes as public seating, and hymnal boards sourced from around the world lead visitors through the property. The re-energization of this new community gathering place continues to the guest rooms, where an elemental spectrum of wood, brass, linen, leather and granite reign – from custom brass bedframes and solid oak writing desks to individually-sourced side tables. In addition to a living plant in every room, guests can find micro-libraries from Adams Morgan’s Idle Times Books and custom granite bookends by local furniture maker and musician Jonah Takagi. On the walls sit one-of-a-kind charcoal drawings, photo stories, local textiles and found ephemera – all from a curated roster of area artists.
Known for creating innovative hotels that engage the surrounding community, Sydell Group collaborates with a roster of local talent on the hotel’s food and beverage programs. The team behind Baltimore’s acclaimed Woodberry Kitchen, James Beard Award winning chef and restaurateur Spike Gjerde and bar director Corey Polyoka, bring their hyper-local sourcing commitments to DC with game-focused restaurant “A Rake’s Progress” and “A Rake’s Bar,” as well as the lobby coffee bar “The Cup We All Race 4.” James Beard finalist and DC local Erik Bruner-Yang, of Maketto, also introduces two new restaurant concepts entitled “Brothers and Sisters” and “Spoken English.” The former takes an international approach to the hotel lobby, representing a convergence of cultures, while the latter focuses on the chef’s interpretation of Japanese tachinomiya, a standing-room-only bar. These collaborations reflect the heart of the nation’s capital – one of American and international influence.
The LINE DC is located in Adams Morgan, DC’s only 24-hour neighborhood that features cafés, bookstores, flower shops and vintage boutiques, as well as all-night diners, live music seven nights a week, and restaurants that showcase the city’s diverse culture with a focus on Ethiopian, Salvadoran, barbeque, Vietnamese, West African, Middle Eastern, Japanese and Peruvian fare.
Images: Adrian Gaut (5); Gary Williams (3); Pierre Edwards (1); James Jackson (1); Bastek Sherman (1)