The Schumacher showroom is one of many moving to the Washington Design Center's new location.

Build-Out Begins

Washington Design Center Update

Facing a September 30th move-out deadline as the building they have long occupied in Southwest DC transitions into its new role as the Museum of the Bible, many Washington Design Center showrooms are poised to begin construction in their new home in the Franklin Court building at 14th and L Streets, NW.

According to Ann Lambeth of J. Lambeth & Company, a spokesperson for the tenants, a few showrooms may open as soon as late May or early June, while most will arrive by early to mid-July. Smaller opening events will lead to a projected grand opening in October. Though most vendors will remain to-the-trade, Lambeth points out that “there will be a new focus on including consumers in the design center experience through special events and programs.”

Two new showrooms will be joining the center: Doris Leslie Blau, a high-end rug dealer; and Romo, a British fabric and wallcoverings company.

The following showrooms will open new locations in the Center on the second, third and fourth floors: AmericanEye; ARC-COM Fabrics, Inc.; Century Furniture; Cowtan & ToutDuralee Fabrics; Fabricut at J. Lambeth; Galleria Carpets & Rugs; Hines & Co.; Holland & Sherry; Holly Hunt; J. Lambeth & Co.; Kravet/Lee Jofa/Brunschwig & Fils; Michael-Cleary, LLC; Osborne & Little, Inc.; Pindler & Pindler, Inc.; Robert Allen; Scalamandré; Schumacher and Stark. Niermann Weeks will be represented by J. Lambeth and Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman furniture will be sold through Hines.