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The Setting

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.

Carriage House:

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 spaces 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

Entertaining Parlors:

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

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  • 100-110 Standing Upper Level
  • 50 Standing Lower Level
  • 80 Seated Banquet / Theater Style


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, this space can be enjoyed tented or alfresco!


  • 300 Standing
  • 220 Seated Banquet Style
  • 150 Seated with Dance Floor
  • 250 Theater Style Seating


Decatur House is located one block north of the White House on Lafayette Square, on the corner of H Street and Jackson Place.

Metro: Farragut West (Blue / Orange) and Farragut North (Red)

Parking: Several garages are located near the Decatur House. Street parking is extremely limited, especially on weekdays. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SECRET SERVICE HAS PLACED RESTRICTIONS ON PARKING IN THE WHITE HOUSE VICINITY. Visitors are encouraged to take metro.