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.

Decatur House Events / Facilities: Carriage House

›  Capacities:
  • 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!

Decatur House Events / Facilities: Courtyard

›  Capacities:
  • 300 Standing

  • 220 Seated Banquet Style

  • 150 Seated with Dance Floor

  • 250 Theater Style Seating





The Entertaining Parlors within the historic house museum are perfect for intimate gatherings. Striking inlayed wood floors, 19th–century chandeliers, full-length mirrors and painted ceilings ornament these elegant rooms.

Decatur House Events / Facilities: Entertaining Parlors

Photo Credit: Rodney Bailey


›  Capacities:
  • 100-110 Standing – Upper Level

  • 50 Standing – Lower Level

  • 80 Seated Banquet / Theater Style


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