Our building was designed with retail in mind, and since 1890 the ground floor has showcased everything from boutique jewelry to men’s shoes. The former retail space is now a high visibility, elegant, show-off event space.
Nicknamed the Owlstone after our mascot (carved between two pillars between the first and second levels of the building’s exterior), this is two floors of street-front views combined to offer one of the most elegant spaces in Washington D.C. Connected by a private, sweeping staircase, the lobby is filled with sophistication and elegance: end-wood pine floors, original stucco applique and 14-foot ceilings with tin stenciled crown molding. An enormous glass display window invites branding, giving you a temporary address on DC’s most chic downtown street.
One flight up the internal staircase leads to a warm second floor space with American cherry hand slotted wood floors, exposed original steel framing and brick walls. Two large semicircle windows look out over F street, and window bays create a perfect space for intimate conversation.
The Owlstone can accommodate 120 people for a reception, or up to 80 for a seated event.