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Adams Morgan Historic Hotel

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  • LocationWashington, DC
  • General ContractorWalsh Construction
  • ArchitectOPX Global
  • Property OwnerAdams Morgan Hotel Owner LLC

Project Overview

Adams Morgan Historic Hotel project is a former neoclassical church being repurposed into an upscale Hotel “The Line DC” in the Adams Morgan Neighborhood of Washington, DC.  The c. 1912-built First Church of Christ retains a lot of its original architectural features such as 60-foot vaulted ceilings, millwork, brass detailing and large copper entry doors, but now includes an eight (8) story new addition.  This new addition has the main Porte Cochere Entrance, underground parking levels, a Spa/Pool level, kitchen and support spaces for the Event Room and Restaurant located in the restored church section, and 220 luxury hotel rooms. The project has been built and designed with an eye towards the location, culture and history of the surrounding Adams Morgan neighborhood.

The exterior façade of the addition incorporates over 265,000 brick with several feature designs, including –

  • Window surrounds with stack bullnose jambs, soldier bands and sill shapes;
  • Piers with stacked V-groove brick and recess bands;
  • Garden bond helical patterns at the Porte Cochere and the top floor;
  • Four (4) unique corbelled cornice designs at the 7th floor and roof levels, combining cove shapes, headers, soldier and running bond patterns.

Over 45,000 custom shaped brick were required to construct the above features. Calvert Masonry services for this project also included the complete façade Air Barrier system, the installation of 46,000 interior and exterior CMU units, and select masonry work on both the interior and exterior of the existing Church. 

The project faced several challenges.  The exterior façade of the new addition underwent final design through the teamwork efforts of the Owner, Designer, General Contractor and the exterior façade contractors including Calvert, while the concrete structure was being built.  Only one of the four exterior elevations and courtyard was street accessible, with access to the remaining masonry facades being obstructed by the existing Church, two existing apartment buildings and an alley that needed to remain open to service local merchants.  Walsh Construction re-sequenced the project by installing windows ahead of the exterior masonry work, and kept the tower crane on the project during the exterior façade construction to allow feeding of masonry materials to our mast climbing scaffolds from the outside.  Calvert Masonry also worked extensive overtime to accelerate the schedule.