Frequently Asked Questions

What types of Special Events are suited to Hill Center?
Hill Center is perfect for conferences with breakout sessions, fundraisers, and inauguration events as well as weddings, receptions, and family celebrations.

What space is available at Hill Center for Special Events?
Hill Center has over 2500 square feet of meeting space including the entire second floor. In addition, the garden is available for rental. The entire campus is available as well.

What is the capacity of Hill Center for Special Events?
Our elegant venue and grounds accommodate 10-600 guests for events ranging from small board meetings to grand receptions.

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 10 minutes from Union Station.

Is it possible to hold a date?
You may hold a date for up to two weeks.

How do I book an event?
You may book an event by filling out the short form on our website. 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 are the hours of operation for Special Events?
Special events are welcome from 8:00 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Are there any restrictions on use of the garden?
The garden is available from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The garden may be tented; however if not tented, backup space must also be rented in case of inclement weather.

Do you have any rental equipment available?
Yes, Hill Center has banquet rounds, rectangular tables, hightop tables, coat racks, and chairs available for rental.

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 policy on serving alcohol?
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 but there will be a $200 corkage fee.

Do you require insurance?
Hill Center requires insurance for events with more than 100 attendees 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.

Are there any other guidelines?
A complete set of guidelines is available on our website. Hosts and all vendors must sign the guidelines.