Lacroix and Bar 210

Located in the Rittenhouse Hotel, Lacroix was designed by Marguerite Rodgers in 2003. That same year, Esquire Magazine awarded Lacroix the best new restaurant in the country. Situated at treetop level, looking at Rittenhouse Square, the interior reflects its park setting through its use of color and texture. The warm and tranquil atmosphere accommodates all-day dining. In 2008, the client’s objective was to create a bar area within the existing restaurant, and the result was a bar/café that appeared as if it had always been there. Situated on a platform, the bar area is separated from the formal dining room and offers breakfast, lunch, drinks, and a casual dinner. From the higher level, guests have a clear view of Rittenhouse Square. Unexpected details like Edelman leather flooring set in a herringbone pattern, the stone bases of the tables, and the cheeky argyle upholstery of the café chairs contribute to a modern, relaxed club atmosphere. In collaboration with Megan Stevens, hand-painted and silver-leafed panes of glass were inspired by the treetops of Rittenhouse Square. Installed in double-hung windows over the back bar, the art glass in the closed position covers the liquor display during breakfast. Further reflecting the park setting are the arched mirrors, the deep green Bellagio stone bar counter, and olive-green leather bar stools.

  • Lighting Design: Sean O’Connor Lighting
  • Contractor: The Sullivan Company
  • Photography: Halkin | Mason Photography LLC