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The Decatur House on Lafayette Square   •   1610 H Street NW Washington, DC 20006

The Decatur House on Lafayette Square • 1610 H Street NW Washington, DC 20006

The Decatur House on Lafayette Square
1610 H Street NW Washington, DC 20006

Imagine spending a balmy evening chatting over cocktails in the courtyard of one of the most elegant and historic houses in the nation’s capital. Then, as dinner is announced, the stately French doors of the Decatur Carriage House open, and you are seated under the magnificent vaulted ceilings at tables filled with candlelight before indulging in the first course of a finely catered meal.

Recognized as one of the top event and wedding venues by the Washingtonian since 1999, Decatur House offers the ideal balance of historical significance and classic Washington style. Whether entertaining in the courtyard surrounded by lavish green gardens, the Carriage House with stunning vaulted ceilings, or the elegant historic parlors, Decatur House provides an unrivaled setting for your special event.

For more than 180 years, the most important names in politics, business and society have gathered to celebrate and mingle in the shadow of the White House. At Decatur House, we welcome you to continue the tradition of fine Washington entertaining with your special event, holiday party, conference or wedding reception.


Decatur House offers the Carriage House, Courtyard and Entertaining Parlors for private events that can accommodate small, intimate gatherings or large functions with equal ease and comfort. Our versatile space is sure to fit your needs and includes tours of the historic house and several Decatur House Special Event Coordinators on site to ensure everything runs perfectly. Site visits are available Monday – Friday, by appointment only. For more information or to schedule your visit, please contact the Director of Special Events, or call 202.842.0917.


For more than 20 years, the Carriage House and Courtyard space at Decatur House has provided a beautiful backdrop to countless events, and continues to be recognized as a top-event venue in the DC area. This past November, we started a renovation project to further improve the event spaces at Decatur House.

The Carriage House renovations, completed April 30, 2012, maintained the space’s versatility and gracious feel by providing a small increase in capacity and updating the finishes, carpet, lighting and audiovisual systems. The addition of a covered portico has improved the transition between the Carriage House and Courtyard spaces.

250 Standing

180 Banquet Style Seating

150 Banquet Style Seating with Dance Floor

200 Theater Style Seating


Surrounded by seasonal plantings & greenery, the bricked Courtyard is a spacious and unexpected gem within a bustling White House neighborhood. Perfect for receptions and dinners the space can be enjoyed tented or alfresco!


300 Standing

220 Seated Banquet Style

150 Seated with Dance Floor

250 Theater Style Seating