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The first floor Drawing Room was named for Marjorie Merriweather Post, who donated for its original renovation. An irregularly shaped room featuring the largest and most prominent corner polygonal bay, the Post Drawing Room retains a richly veined pink marble hearth below the fireplace mantle that suggests Art Nouveau in its carved detail. The room was recently renovated in 2012 and hold approximately 60 theatre style (with the piano moved out.)
Capacity: 60 (if furniture moved out) theatre style
The Music Room (now known as the Hamlin Room) has an elaborate beaux-arts plaster ceiling with musical motifs. Sliding or pocket doors originally opened the Music Room to the Entrance Hall allowing music to be heard through out the house. Today the opening has been walled in but the oak-paneled side of the pocket doors with hardware removed has been incorporated into the Entrance Hall wall.
Capacity: 40 Banquet rounds, 60 theatre style
*Post & Hamlin rooms combined can host 120 guests for a wedding ceremony with a center aisle and 145 for a wedding ceremony holding the ceremony in between the two rooms.
The Ball Room occupies the Whittemore’s original dining room, billiard room and kitchen and expanded to its current ballroom size by an addition in 1967. This banquet room is an ideal space to celebrate weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, anniversary dinners and other major life events. It has a beautiful fireplace and a hardwood floor that is perfect for dancing. Triple French doors lead to the beautiful courtyard garden, named after Lady Bird Johnson. An adjoining restaurant style kitchen is good for catering any size event.
Capacity: 186 to 192 seated and 220 theatre style (comfortably) for either a social or business event.
The 1870s Room was originally named for the period furnishings, especially the distinctive lamp. It is now informally called the Hillary Clinton Room as it houses the Club’s collection of photographs of the Clinton administration
Capacity: 12 hollow square; 20 theatre; 12 banquet
The Emily Newell Blair Room is named for the principal founder of WNDC. Blair was the most prominent woman in Democratic politics when she came to Washington, DC, in the early 1920s, soon after women gained the vote. She was an important director of women’s activities at the Democratic National Committee. Facing New Hampshire Avenue this is an ideal room for breakout sessions, or cocktail party events. The Blair room has a lovely balcony overlooking the courtyard.
Capacity: 10 seated, 15 standing
The library is named for Eleanor Roosevelt, who was an active member of WNDC. Mrs. Roosevelt made national broadcasts from the Club, and advanced her social reform programs at its podium. The walls feature Roosevelt family photos given to the WNDC by the First Lady’s granddaughter who is a current Club President.
The library is furnished with artifacts from the estate of Frances Perkins, who was appointed Secretary of Labor by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1932. She was the first woman cabinet officer and she played a major role in founding Social Security.
This room is a perfect space for small gatherings or meetings, either seated or standing. A bay window overlooking New Hampshire Avenue provides ample natural lighting and has provided an intimate setting for small weddings.
Capacity: 20 banquet, 25 theatre style
Named in honor of co-founder Mrs. J. Bordon “Daisy” Harriman ( 1870-1967), the Harriman Room, is furnished and decorated with objects from her drawing room placed to replicate her salon. The executor of her estate, Averell Harriman, arranged the acquisition of the furniture. Today, many of our brides use this room as they prepare for one of the most special days of their lives. It is also perfect for informal breakout sessions.
Capacity: 12 seated in soft seating; 10 banquet round
The Q Street Pub is proof that WNDC moves with the times. Previously called the Rayburn Room, in tribute to Speaker Sam Rayburn (D-TX) for his support of the Club, the room then became the First Ladies Gallery to house a selection of folk art portraits of First Ladies, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Lady Bird Johnson, Rosalynn Carter and Hillary Clinton, all of whom spoke at WNDC. The Q Street Pub is the room’s latest incarnation.
Capacity: 52 banquet, 80 theatre style
The Past Presidents Room displays photographs of WNDC presidents from 1922 to the present. An elegant room with plenty of natural light and traditional style furniture, this is a perfect room for small conferences, private dinners, breakout sessions, etc.
Capacity: 14 seated