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Book the Decatur House

A Tradition of Washington Entertaining

What if you could host your next event in one of the oldest and most prestigious homes in Washington? We welcome intimate gatherings and large celebrations in our alfresco, indoor, or tented environments, just a block away from the White House. Let us make your special event, holiday party, conference, or wedding reception part of the tradition of fine Washington entertaining at the Decatur House.

You can reach our Vice President of Special Events and Venue Logistics Arioth Harrison Smirne at

Completed in 1819, Decatur House has been used as a residence, rental property, a site of enslavement, boarding house, museum, office, and historic site. During its history as a private home, domestic staff members lived and worked in Decatur House as well as its adjacent service wing. For several decades during the nineteenth century, it was a site of enslavement and courageous demands for freedom. After slavery was abolished, free African Americans and European immigrants were hired to work and reside onsite. The White House Historical Association and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are committed to telling the full story of Decatur House as a historic site. We look forward to the opportunity to share the fascinating history and cultural legacy of this site with you and your guests.