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What types of Special Events are suited to Hill Center?

Hill Center is perfect for almost any event, including weddings, business events, fundraisers, bar and bat Mitzvahs, parties, and celebrations.

Six in the City hosts a BBQ in the Hill Center Gardens - photo credit Event Photography of North America Corporation
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What space is available at Hill Center for special events?

The historic Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital has over 4200 square feet of indoor meeting space across two floors. The gardens are available to rent for outdoor events. The garden and indoor meeting space at Hill Center may also be rented together for an exclusive event.

What is the capacity of Hill Center?

Our indoor event space can accommodate up to 150 guests for a seated event or 250 for a standing event. An entire campus buyout can accommodate up to 600 guests throughout the entire building and grounds.

How can I schedule a tour?

You may set up a tour by emailing or by calling our Special Events office at (202) 499-6449.

Is Hill Center convenient to transportation and Washington landmarks?

Hill Center is just blocks from the US Capitol, one block from Eastern Market Metro, 15 minutes from Reagan National Airport and The Wharf, ten minutes from Union Station, and seven minutes from Nationals Park and Navy Yard.

Is it possible to hold a date?

A 10 calendar day courtesy hold can be placed on a specific date. To confirm the rental, the security deposit and 50% of the rental fee are due within the 10 day time frame.

How do I book an event?

Contact our Special Events Team by emailing, calling (202) 499-6449, or filling out the form at the bottom of the “Space Rentals” webpage to get started. If the date is available, we will then send you a contract, rental guidelines, and invoice. Once you return the signed contract and guidelines with your rental fee and security deposit, you are all set.

What is your cancellation policy?

Hosts may cancel or reschedule a date by notifying Hill Center. All cancellations must be in writing. The cancellation rates are:

  • No charge for cancellation with at least sixty (60) days notice in advance of the event.
  • 25% of the rental fee for cancellations with more than thirty (30) but less than sixty (60) days notice in advance of the event.
  • 50% of the rental fee for cancellations made more than seven (7) but less than thirty (30) days in advance of the event.
  • 100% of the rental fee for cancellations made seven (7) or less days prior to the event and forfeiture of the damage deposit.

What are the hours of operation for events being held at Hill Center?

Special events are welcome from 8 am to 11 pm.

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Are there any restrictions on use of the garden?

The garden is available from 8 am-9 pm Sunday through Thursday and from 9 am-10 pm on Friday and Saturday. The garden may be tented; however if not tented, backup space must be rented in case of inclement weather.

Do you have any rental equipment available?

Yes, Hill Center has on-site banquet rounds, rectangular tables, high top tables, coat racks, and chairs available to rent.

What audiovisual equipment is available?

Hill Center has a state-of-the-art audiovisual system including built-in screens and projectors in some rooms. A price list is available upon request.

What is your alcohol policy?

Hill Center has a liquor license, and all beer and wine can be purchased from our beverage list. By special arrangement, you may supply your own alcohol for a $300 corkage fee.

For self-catered events (if approved), Hill Center will provide a licensed beverage manager at a cost of $200. Without exception, District of Columbia law requires that a licensed beverage manager be onsite for events serving alcohol.

Do you require insurance?

Hill Center requires insurance for events with more than 50 attendees or when alcohol will be served. Please see our guidelines for details.

Can we have a DJ?

Yes, as long as noise levels do not exceed the restrictions outlined by the DC government.

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Are there any other guidelines?

A complete set of guidelines for meetings & conferences or weddings & celebrations are available on our website. Hosts and all vendors must sign the guidelines.

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