The Ballroom

Ballroom Photo

The McLean Gardens Ballroom is an historic special events facility in northwest Washington, D.C., with a location that is central to Georgetown, the Washington Cathedral, and Embassy Row.

The elegantly appointed Ballroom provides the perfect backdrop for any special occasion. The Ballroom boasts a 40-foot ceiling supported by four Greek columns and accented by five grand chandeliers. Period antiques and reproductions, including Chippendale-style chairs and camelback loveseats, surround the central oak dance floor. The two working fireplaces, each enhanced by a 10-foot gilded mirror, are prominent features in the Ballroom. Silk draperies grace 20-foot windows that offer additional illumination for daytime events. Soft yellow walls and exquisite architectural details throughout the room provide the finishing touches to this distinguished setting.

 

Foyer Photo

Entrance to the Ballroom is through a dramatic foyer highlighted by a black and white marble floor. Furnishings in the foyer include wingback chairs, Hepplewhite tables, and lacquered Chinese screens. On display in the foyer are historic photographs of the McLean family and the original mansion.

For entertaining during any season, the Ballroom offers an exceptional combination of history and beauty to enhance your event. During the holiday season the charm of this lovely setting is accentuated by decorative greens and candles reminiscent of a Colonial Williamsburg Christmas.

The maximum capacity for the Ballroom is 350 guests. For a seated event, 150 guests can be accommodated comfortably. A seated buffet event can seat up to 110 guests, and a stand-up cocktail event with multiple food stations can accommodate 160-350 guests with limited seating.

 


Directions

3811 Porter Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 966-9780

From Maryland via I-495 (Capital Beltway)

Exit at Connecticut Avenue South. Follow Connecticut Avenue to Porter Street. Turn right at Porter Street. Cross Reno Road and then Wisconsin Avenue. Once across Wisconsin Avenue, the McLean Gardens Ballroom is on your right at 3811 Porter Street. Look for the large red brick building with white pillars and fountain in front.

From Virginia via Key Bridge

Turn right from Key Bridge onto M Street and head into Georgetown. Turn left onto 33rd Street and follow to Wisconsin Avenue. Turn left on Wisconsin Avenue and follow Wisconsin to Porter Street. Turn left on Porter Street and the McLean Gardens Ballroom is on your right at 3811 Porter Street. Look for the large red brick building with white pillars and fountain in front.

From Wisconsin Avenue

The McLean Gardens Ballroom is between Tenley Circle and Washington Cathedral. If you are driving south on Wisconsin toward Georgetown turn right on Porter Street. If you are driving north on Wisconsin toward Maryland, turn left on Porter Street. The ballroom will be on your right at 3811 Porter Street. Look for the large red brick building with white pillars and fountain in front.

See map of Washington, D.C.

Map to McLean Gardens


Parking

There is legal parking on Wisconsin Avenue, Porter Street, and 38th Street. Do NOT park in any of the reserved parking lots for residents of McLean Gardens Condominium. For ballroom events after sunset, valet parking is recommended.

 


 
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