After the sale of its D Street, SW, building was announced last year, The Washington Design Center had an uncertain future. But following a long search, it has found a new home in the Franklin Court building at 14th and L Streets, NW. According to Ann Lambeth of J. Lambeth & Co., a member of the steering committee representing the Center’s luxury home-furnishings showrooms, the majority of current tenants has committed to the move. The Design Center will occupy the second, third and fourth floors of the building, which boasts 11-foot ceilings and abundant natural light.
DC Design Center Update
At least 20 showrooms commit to a new location at 14th and L Streets, NW
Showrooms opted for the new high-rent, highly visible location in the busy 14th Street Corridor, as opposed to a remote, lower-rent spot, says Lambeth. “We are putting the Design Center in the apex of what’s happening in home living and design. We are the first design community nationally to live this new model, and are so excited about the new beginning.”
Lambeth projects a March 2014, opening. Showrooms have yet to determine what type of access consumers will have in the new location; for updates, see dcdesigncenter.com.