Josephine Butler Parks Center

2437 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Josephine Butler Parks Center

The Josephine Butler Parks Center is a garden wedding venue in the Washington, D.C. area. This wedding venue features a Renaissance-Revival mansion overlooking 12 acres of beautifully landscaped parks. Couples will find this venue just seven minutes from the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.

Facilities and Capacity

Couples can invite up to 200 guests to join them on their big day at the Josephine Butler Parks Center. The Washington Park’s Mansion at Meridian Hill is designed in an Italian Renaissance-Revival style of architecture, with characteristics such as vaulted, 14-foot ceilings and original mouldings. The venue’s Grand Foyer, Great Stairs and Terrazzo Lobby make a picturesque location for wedding portraits, or a unique area for guests to mingle during a cocktail reception. The Ballroom, when combined with the Twin Galleries, seats the maximum 200 guests for a couple’s reception. Polished hardwood floors and arched doorways await couples throughout this mansion. Ceremonies can take place in the venue or outside overlooking the park, complete with a western view of the sunset.

Services Offered

This venue welcomes couples for any wedding event, not just ceremonies and receptions. They can also celebrate bridal showers, elopements, engagement parties and rehearsal dinners at the Josephine Butler Parks Center. Services and items offered by this venue include:

  • Aisle markers
  • Audio equipment
  • Bridal suite
  • Chairs
  • Event rentals
  • Furniture
  • Lighting/sound
  • Parking
  • Pet friendly
  • Setup
  • Tables
  • Wireless Internet

History

This building, now known as the Josephine Butler Parks Center, was once home to the Hungarian Embassy to the United States. Since that time, it has been transformed to become an Embassy of the Earth. The Washington Parks & People have created here a beacon of green urban revitalization and cooperation. It has also undergone a landmark restoration to its former 1927 glory.

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116 Reviews for Josephine Butler Parks Center

Recommended by 96% of couples


4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.8
  • Professionalism 4.8
  • Flexibility 4.8
  • Value 4.9
  • Average response time 4.6

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    Jalapeno Photography · Married on 04/06/2019

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    European Elegance in DC

    Josephine Butler is one of my favorite locations in Washington DC for weddings. I'm a wedding photographer and know what happens "behind the scenes." When you aren't looking, the staff are busting their rears to make sure you and every vendor are taken care of. Additionally, the European vibe and location across the street from one of the choicest locations in DC. Make sure to check it out before all the dates are gone!

    Sent on 04/12/2019

    Josephine Butler Parks Center's reply:

    Thank you for your kind words on our venue! It is always a pleasure to work with amazing photographers who are passionate about their work. We look forward to working with you in the future!
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    Yoomie · Married on 10/06/2018

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    The JBPC is a hidden wedding gem in DC! Such a steal for the price, Which was $2-3K less other venues in DC proper that we were looking at that held the same amount of guests (150). But the wedding price also came with 8 full hours of usage and all the tables and chairs that we need, no need for rentals! That saved us at least two grand right there! It was the first venue we viewed (we only toured two venues) and the one we came back to. No need to tour anymore.

    Sent on 06/21/2017

    Josephine Butler Parks Center's reply:

    Hello Yoomie,

    Thank you for your review! We are very pleased that you enjoyed your wedding day at the Parks Center. Wishing you all the best in your union.

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Josephine Butler Parks Center FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 5,400.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 2,000.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Chairs, Clean Up, Parking, Set Up, Tables
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 10
  • Describe your venue: Ballroom, Garden, Historic Building
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Lighting / Sound, Pet Friendly, Set Up, Wifi
  • What event items are available? Aisle Markers, Audio Equipment, Chairs, Furniture, Tables
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking
  • What months are included in your peak season? March, April, May, June, October, November
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? January, February

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3 Endorsements

  • Catering by Seasons
    Catering by Seasons Wedding Caterers

    Great Venue!

  • Kristen Donovan, Soprano
    Kristen Donovan, Soprano Wedding Musicians

    I had my wedding reception at the Josephine Butler Parks Center in January 2015. Mai was so kind and knowledgeable. My husband and I had a million questions and she thoroughly answered them and guided us through our decision making regarding the space. I was worried because there were some changes in staff right before my wedding but I was relieved when I met Makenzie. Makenzie met with me and my husband before the event and answered any lingering questions that we had. Overall, JBPC was very flexible with our needs and we are so happy that we chose them. The space is gorgeous and we were so happy to know that by supporting JBPC, we were supporting the local non profits that call JBPC home.

  • EverMoreEvents II
    EverMoreEvents II Wedding Planners

    I love this venue - the staff is professional and customer friendly. I can not wait to offer this venue to another client. Than you Abbey!!

Map

  • 2437 15th Street, NW Washington, District of Columbia, 20009 See on map
    202-800-1847 (Phone number)
    Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Public Tours Available at: Tuesday- 5:30pm Friday-12:00pm *no reservation required for public weekday tours*

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