The #resistance has gone company—and Katherine Lo’s imaginative and prescient for her new lodge chain is loads to soak up. In truth, it doesn’t sound very like a lodge model in any respect. More like a hyper-millennial-focused, buzz-wordy, life-style one. In press supplies for the idea, Lo, the 36-year-old daughter of Hong Kong real-estate billionaire Ka Shui Lo, says Eaton Workshop is “the manifestation of me ‘following my bliss,’ so others can follow theirs.”
“Bliss” isn’t actually the very first thing that springs to thoughts when you concentrate on the outdated Sheraton Four Points at 12th and Ok Streets, Northwest, the place Eaton Workshop’s first location will open early subsequent yr. But Lo guarantees to remodel the place into “a hub for journalists, pioneers and changemakers” that “[takes] cues from countercultural movements that have changed the world for the better, from the Beatniks and East Village Radio to the Vietnam War protests and this year’s Women’s March.”
What does all that imply, precisely? To begin, Eaton can have 209 rooms, “modeled after European pied-à-terres,” Lo tells Washingtonian. They’ll be giant sufficient for long-term friends, corresponding to “artists and activists in residency” that Lo says the corporate will sponsor. There may even be a radio station on premises—simply as there can be on the forthcoming Line lodge in Adams Morgan—in addition to artist studios, recording studios, and a 50-person movie show. Lo says the lodge will host public artwork, music, and movie festivals “exploring topics of social change.”
But wait, there’s extra! A separate co-working house, referred to as Eaton House, will accommodate as much as 370 members. And a wellness middle will provide yoga, meditation, and “alternative treatments.” Eaton can have a espresso store and juice bar, a restaurant, rooftop bar, and a speakeasy. Tim Ma, the chef/proprietor of Shaw’s Kyirisan, and Columbia Room’s Derek Brown will oversee the meals and beverage choices.
After DC, Lo says she’ll open an Eaton Workshop in her native Hong Kong, adopted by areas in San Francisco and Seattle. Here are some renderings of the DC lodge’s interiors.