Riggs Hotel: The Reinvention of an Icon
Winner in Architectural Design Historic & Heritage
Perkins Eastman Architects
Barbara Mullenex, Takehiro Nakamura, Tomas Quijano, Kathleen Claire, Michelle Eyster
900 F Street, Washington, DC, 20004
Riggs Washington DC, is a new historic boutique hotel in the heart of the nation’s capital. Adding a new chapter to a colorful, 130-year-old story, Riggs occupies the Riggs National Bank building at the intersection of 9th & F Streets. Built in 1891 and substantially enlarged in 1927, it is one of Washington’s few monumental Romanesque Revival-style buildings. Highlighting the original 22-foot coffered ceiling and Corinthian columns on the main floor and original bank vault doors and signage throughout, the designers sought to restore and honor the building’s many historic details while infusing the spaces with a whimsical and modern ambiance for the 21st century.