For anybody who thinks the nation’s capital is a cookie-cutter ode to clean government facades, you haven’t seen The LINE DC. This hip, brand-new resort, opened in December 2017, occupies a former neoclassical church within the never-stop Adams Morgan neighborhood. That’s proper, a church. The First Church of Christ, Scientist, to be precise.
“We wanted to pay respect to the past but take it into the future,” says Kathryn Bangs, the resort’s inventive director. “The church was a place for ritual, a place for sanctuary, a gathering for community. That’s what we’re trying to be today.”
And that’s precisely the vibe you are feeling. The foyer—higher described as a group gathering hub—is a reverent, high-ceilinged, multipurpose area the place locals as soon as worshipped. Except in lieu of pews you have plush, royal-blue furnishings, lengthy, library-like tables for working and finding out, a guichet-style reception desk occupying the previous altar web site, and a podcast recording studio and dwell Internet station that offers a voice to native hosts and reveals (pay attention on the TV in your room, or anyplace within the world at fullserviceradio.org).
And that’s not all. The resort’s meals scene embraces the hyper-local idea as properly. In the free-flowing public area you’ll discover the all-day Brothers and Sisters eatery by DC’s Erik Bruner-Yang, which captures the neighborhood’s multiethnic aptitude. Upstairs within the stained-glass-illuminated balcony, James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Spike Gjerde’s A Rake’s Progress serves up Chesapeake-inspired delicacies, a lot of it cooked open an open-hearth hearth. Spoken English, Bruner-Yang’s interpretation of a Japanese-style tachinomiya, is slated to open in April 2018. There’s additionally a foyer espresso bar that includes native coffees, teas and pastries.
The 220 contemporary and vibrant visitor rooms and suites, situated down a brick passageway in a brand-new constructing, induce leisure with mild hardwood flooring, space rugs, and a splash of major colours. Local touches effervesce right here, too, together with one-of-a-kind artwork items by native ladies artists, a micro-library on every room’s desk curated from Adams Morgan’s Idle Times Books; crops from the close by Little League plant retailer; and individually sourced aspect tables.
And lest you neglect this was as soon as a church, ecclesiastic touches interweave all through the property, together with painted pews for scattered public seating, church organ pipes normal right into a chandelier, hymnal boards used for room directories on every ground, and superbly reproduced herringbone wooden flooring.
Dating from 1912, the church lay deserted for 25 years earlier than the Sydell Group purchased it 5 years in the past. The company oversees a number of manufacturers together with the LINE, dedicated to embracing the native taste of a resort’s surrounding neighborhood. “The true measure of success is whether we can serve the locals,” says Bangs.
Given the variety of locals you’ll discover finding out, assembly, sipping espresso and hanging out within the foyer, to not point out, the variety of locals employed right here (85% are from DC, 55% from the neighborhood itself), they’re clearly succeeding.
By Barbara Noe Kennedy