Standing the test of time, this remarkable building was literally made for events—in the 1880s! George Washington needed a place to host grand functions and commemorate those who fought valiantly in the Civil War. After the war, with 890,000 filed pension claims, the building also housed the Pension Bureau. From splendid Inaugural Balls to daily office work, the National Building Museum offered a comfortable space for all. The architect, General Montgomery C. Meigs, created it to be beautiful, bright, airy, and functional—features we still look for in an event hall today.
Standing the Test of Time
Designed and built by a masterful architect, the National Building Museum displays smooth bricks adorned with terracotta ornaments on the exterior. 234 busts, and 72 columns make it eye-catching from blocks away (only 4 blocks from the National Mall). No wonder it currently serves as a museum of architecture and the built world!
That being said, the building can host just about any event of any size—concerts, dinners, cocktail receptions, and more! You’d have to see the Great Hall to believe it. Huge columns, tiled floors, and gold details make it fit for royalty. It accommodates up to 2,000 guests! Of course, the space has complete technology and audiovisual capabilities as well as an onsite kitchen. The regal Pension Commissioners Suite serves as the perfect place for an intimate formal dinner, and the auditorium is ideal for hosting speakers. The Willis Library and exclusive Corinthian Lounge are perfect for small meetings and get-togethers during the week.
The National Building Museum really does have it all when it comes to events. Event Photojournalism by Rodney Bailey would love to help you document the splendor of it all, as well as the smaller details that make it truly unforgettable!