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Once Bank of Presidents, Riggs is Now a Luxury Hotel

February 12, 2020

Riggs Washington DC, an independent hotel from international hospitality group, Lore Group, is now open.

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Located on the downtown corner of 9th and F Street in a historic building once home to Riggs National Bank, known as the "Bank of Presidents,” the design invokes the spirit of the former bank while preserving and restoring much of the property's original design features to reimagine the storied building for the modern traveler. 


The181-room property features playful nods to the building's rich past, drawing on the parallels between the activities that take place in banks and at hotels to offer something personal and serendipitous around every corner.

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Upon entering Riggs, guests are welcomed into the building's original barrel-vaulted lobby where the hotel's expansive ceilings are adorned with impressive and elaborate coffers. A medallion of Juno Moneta, the Goddess of Money, presides over the room, while original features have been given a new lease of life and the grandeur of the building embraced to create a welcoming and inspired hotel that is deeply rooted in D.C. and its impressive history.


A total of 15 suites are available, including the two-bedroom Riggs Suite within the original bank boardroom and four 'First Lady' suites that are inspired by the eccentricities of a select few Presidents' unsung better halves: Ida McKinley's green thumb, Angelica Van Buren's opulence, Louisa Adams' intense love for music and Caroline Harrison's extensive collection of porcelain. 

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The hotel's restaurant Café Riggs is inspired by the grand brasseries of Europe, with a modern and reimagined approach that focuses on sustainable products. 

There’s also a rooftop with 2,500-square foot space of panoramic views over the city and a roof enclosure with a 1,500-square foot terrace.

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Artists & Fleas Coming to Georgetown

January 7, 2020

Artists & Fleas is coming to Georgetown this spring in the150-year old building formerly occupied by Dean & Deluca which closed last August.


Launched in Williamsburg, Brooklyn 15 years ago, Artists & Fleas has cultivated creative communities of local artists, vintage curators, designers, tastemakers, and shoppers in New York City and Los Angeles.

This artisan marketplace will feature about 15 “artists, designers, collectors, creators,” a food and beverage component, and a space with room for events and a marketplace with rotating vendors, according to co-founder Ronen Glimer. 

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Guido Harari's Photography at Italian Embassy Dec. 8

December 5, 2019

The Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C., in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, cordially invites you to the opening of “Icons”, an exhibition by photographer Guido Harari on Monday, December 9, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.


Guido Harari has met and photographed the greatest music legends: B.B. King, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Patti Smith, Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and - among the Italians - Luciano Pavarotti, Fabrizio De André, Paolo Conte, Gianna Nannini and Ennio Morricone.


Lou Reed said about him: "I'm always happy when Guido takes my picture because I know it will be a musical picture. And it will also have some poetry and feeling to it.”


With over 40 photographs taken over a period of 45 years, the exhibition features portraits of Italian and international musicians, as well as photographs of other Icons who have distinguished themselves in different fields, from cinema to fashion, literature, design, architecture and science.


On the occasion of the exhibition opening, Guido Harari will engage in a conversation revealing the stories behind each picture, and the highlights and drawbacks of capturing the unique personalities of his special subjects. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Dwandalyn R. Reece, Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History Culture and will also feature Frank Stefanko, photographer and author of the books "Bruce Springsteen. Days Of Hope and Dreams," and "Patti Smith. American Artist". 

Embassy of Italy is located at 3000 Whitehaven Street NW.


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