The Hermitage Inn and Conservatory

In 1869 The Clifton Hotel was a popular luxury resort for affluent Washington D.C. socialites and politicians including Presidents Grant, Hayes, and Theodore Roosevelt. It was rescued from near disintegration in 1987 when the owners retained us to restore the historic landmark and convert it to a French restaurant, renaming it The Hermitage Inn. The restaurant is now Trummer’s on Main Street featuring creative American cuisine.

In 2002, we were asked to design an addition to The Hermitage Inn to accommodate the growing demand for large gatherings and special events. A Conservatory was conceived and added to the right elevation. Walls of windows and north facing skylights produce a light-filled interior evoking a Victorian Orangery. At night, the building glows like a lantern and the interior activities animate the night.

Today, the Conservatory is a popular wedding venue called Trummer’s on Main Weddings. 

Adaptive Reuse
Clifton, Virginia

Architecture and design for commercial, residential, adaptive reuse, and historical spaces