The Josephine Butler Parks Center, dramatically situated on an elevated, landscaped half-acre lot in a prime location overlooking Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park, provides an excellent venue for a wide variey of events. Conferences, seminars, workshops, classes, meetings, recitals, concerts, theatrical performances, weddings, receptions, parties--all are welcome at the Parks Center.
The Italian Renaissance-revival style architecture of this former embassy provides a grand setting for events of all kinds. From Fifteenth Street, a circular walk leads to the main entrance under the marble-columned Port Cochere. From the second floor, the Terrace Balcony offers a beautiful western exposure to sunsets across Meridian Hill.
Once inside, the public areas include the Lobby, Library, and North Gallery on the first floor, and the Ballroom, South Gallery, Foyer, Conservatory, and Terrace on the second floor (see floor plans). The Center features vaulted 14-foot ceilings with original moldings, large working fireplaces with carved wooden mantels, and floor-to-ceiling windows with French doors opening to wrought iron balconies.
These spaces can be rented individually or together in any number of ways to meet the size of your event or program. The Ballroom can hold up to 150 people for a sit-down dinner or up to 300 for a standing reception.
You also have the option of having a combined event with programs in the park. Hold your wedding ceremony in the park and your reception in the Parks Center, or combine a meeting or seminar in the Parks Center with a community outing in the park.
The facility also offers a warming kitchen available on the second floor and two additional staging areas, plus a private changing suite for bridal parties and others.
The Parks Center has its own parking lot and is easily reached by public transportation.
Please look below for full pricing details. Significant discounts are available for charitable community and parks events. For meetings and other community programs, prices vary, depending on the number of rooms requested and the duration of the event. The National Park Service charges $200 for ceremonies in Meridian Hill Park; NPS also requires a permit.
2013 Wedding Package Rates
Afternoon / Evening
Saturday, $5500 Sunday or Weekday $3500
Saturday, $4500 Sunday or Weekday $3000
Saturday, $2900 Sunday or Weekday $1800
(4 hours – up to 2pm) Weekend $2500
Major holiday ( New Year’s Eve, Christmas, Thanksgiving) rates upon request.
Interested in planning an event? For more information, send us an email using the Contact Us page of this website, or call Washington Parks & People at 202-GO-2-PARK (202-462-7275), ext. 15.
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(A separate pop-up window will let you view floor plans.)