Church Undergoes Divine Transformation by INC Architecture & Design into The Line DC Hotel

A restored Diocletian stained-glass win­dow is the centerpiece of a Rake’s Progress, a res­tau­rant inside the Line DC, a Wash­ing­ton hotel converted from an early 20th–century church by INC Architecture & Design. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The hotel’s Ionic sand­stone portico and grand entry stair date to 1911. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A vintage hymnal stand displays welcome signage at the entry to Brothers and Sisters, the hotel’s all-day café. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The café features custom chairs and pennants riffing on the religious theme. Photography by Eric Laignel.

In a Rake’s Prog­ress, above Brothers and Sisters, the custom chandel­ier is composed of pipes from the church’s organ. Flooring is reclaimed maple. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The cloverleaf mezzanine was installed in what was originally the church’s sanctuary to scale down the 60-foot vaulted ceiling, help control acoustics, and pay homage to the build­ing’s neoclassical style. The pendant fixtures are restored originals. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Beyond reception, an oak-floored elevator corridor connects the existing build­ing with the seven-story addition containing the 220 guest rooms. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The presidential suite’s chande­lier, dining table, and chairs are custom. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Moroccan pillows on the lobby’s original marble stair. Photography by Eric Laignel.

The live-broadcast radio station lounge. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A custom chair in a meeting room. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A banquette’s hair-on-hide back at a Rake’s Progress. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Some church pews were retained, partially coated in paint, and placed along guest-room corridors. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A custom brass bed furnishes a standard guest room. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Travertine tile in a guest bathroom is reflected in the custom mirror. Photography by Eric Laignel.

A Michael Anastassiades pendant fixture illuminates the vintage nightstand in another guest room. Photography by Eric Laignel.