December 4, 2017

Book Arts, maker of gifts for kings and chancellors, seeks new D.C. home

Book Arts, the D.C. company that has put hand-tooled leather volumes into the hands of hundreds of heads of state — not to mention, most recently, Pope Francis — is looking for a new home.

The high-end bookbinder and printing operation has lived for the past 10 years at the corner of 19th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in the sole retail space on the ground floor of the International Monetary Fund. But now, that entity is reconfiguring its lobby, and there will no longer be space for the 15-year-old stationer.

For their new showroom, Vanilio and Greenwalt are looking for some similarly visible space that suits its high-end customer. (Case in point: Greenwalt recently hand-delivered a funeral guest book to a customer who needed his Social Security number, because she lives on the same street as the Obamas.) They are looking for between 1,000 and 1,500 square feet of retail space in either a downtown or Georgetown location. The Book Arts team is represented in its search by Miller Walker Retail Real Estate.