Meridian House

1630 Crescent Place, NW, Washington, DC 20009 Map · Phone number
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About Meridian House

Meridian House is an exquisite historic home situated on three acres of manicured gardens. Conveniently located a mile north of the White House in the heart of the nation's capital, the property's stately elegance provides an ideal setting for the area's most prestigious events. Meridian House is a jewel of the residential architecture of John Russell Pope, who also designed the Jefferson Memorial, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Archives building. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Meridian House was built in 1921 by Ambassador Irwin Boyle Laughlin, who filled it with his collection of 18th century French drawings and Oriental porcelains and screens. After a major renovation in 1994, the principal rooms retain their architectural detail, including such original decorative features as the over-door paintings, French brass hardware and ornate lighting fixtures.

Standing the test of time, Meridian House is still considered by many to be the finest example of French urban architecture in the United States. Surrounded by walls sheltering a formal garden well-known for the grove of more than 40 European linden trees that shade a large pebbled courtyard, it is an elegant setting for private social or business events. Meridian House has been featured in publications including Washingtonian, Engaged, and Modern Bride.

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The Library seats up to 50 guests and adjoins the Drawing Room to provide seating for up to 150....
The Library seats up to 50 guests and adjoins the Drawing Room to provide seating for up to 150....
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Meridian House
Meridian House is considered by many to be the finest example of French architecture in the United...
Meridian House is considered by many to be the finest example of French architecture in the United...
Guests are welcomed to Meridian House by the Latin inscription, "Quo habitat felicitas nil intret...
Guests are welcomed to Meridian House by the Latin inscription, "Quo habitat felicitas nil intret...
Meridian's lush garden setting is a beautiful location for outdoor ceremonies.  (Photo by Egomedia...
Meridian's lush garden setting is a beautiful location for outdoor ceremonies. (Photo by Egomedia...
A grove of 80-year-old spanish linden trees provides a unique setting for cocktail receptions and...
A grove of 80-year-old spanish linden trees provides a unique setting for cocktail receptions and...
The Linden Grove features 40 linden trees donated by the French Ambassador to Meridian's builder and...
The Linden Grove features 40 linden trees donated by the French Ambassador to Meridian's builder and...
indoor wedding reception
indoor wedding reception
Outdoor wedding ceremony venue
Outdoor wedding ceremony venue
indoor wedding reception
indoor wedding reception
Meridian's maximum capacity for weddings is 200, with 150 being ideal.  Most commonly, couples...
Meridian's maximum capacity for weddings is 200, with 150 being ideal. Most commonly, couples...
The Loggia is a beautiful oval sunroom that leads to the Linden Grove.  During favorable weather,...
The Loggia is a beautiful oval sunroom that leads to the Linden Grove. During favorable weather,...
The Drawing Room seats up to 100 guests, and connects to the Library for additional seating....
The Drawing Room seats up to 100 guests, and connects to the Library for additional seating....
The Library seats up to 50 guests and adjoins the Drawing Room to provide seating for up to 150....
The Library seats up to 50 guests and adjoins the Drawing Room to provide seating for up to 150....
18951
Meridian House
Meridian House is considered by many to be the finest example of French architecture in the United...
Meridian House is considered by many to be the finest example of French architecture in the United...

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50 Reviews for Meridian House

Recommended by 93% of couples


4.6 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.7
  • Professionalism 4.7
  • Flexibility 4.5
  • Value 4.6
  • Average response time 4.6
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    Sara Skillman · Married on 11/09/2019

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    Most beautiful venue in DC!!

    We knew that Meridian House was "the one" as soon as we walked through the front doors. We were absolutely blown away by how beautiful the entire house was, and so surprised that this hidden gem is in downtown DC and not in the French countryside! The layout was exactly what we wanted, separate rooms so our guests had a space to eat dinner, mingle, dance, etc. Luckily, we were able to do our "first look" photos outside with our photographer and videographer, and the photos in the side garden and the linden grove were stunning. Another great feature of Meridian House was the bridal suite room and private bathroom on the main level; it was great to have those available to us. Our ceremony was off-site, but the size of our wedding (97) was perfect for the reception (cocktail hour, dinner, dancing). Luckily, we were all able to fit in the Drawing Room for dinner. We also had bistro lights strung up outside in the linden grove (plus heaters), so the ambiance outside was stunning for those who were brave enough to go out in the cold! Our guests kept raving about Meridian House; everyone kept telling us what a perfect venue it was! We loved everything about it, and Maria and her team at Meridian House made our wedding better than we could've ever imagined!

    Sent on 11/26/2019
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    Erica · Married on 06/22/2019

    5.0
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    The most stunning and romantic venue

    When mu (now) husband and I were looking at venues, Meridian House blew us away and we knew we had to get married there. The venue is so beautiful, romantic, and quiet despite being in the middle of a busy city. We used the garden for our ceremony, the linden grove for cocktail hour, had our reception inside, and a sparkler exit out front. Our guests were also able to sit down and enjoy the linden grove during the reception. Getting to use so many different spaces was so unique. Our guests were raving about the venue, many saying it was the most beautiful venue they had ever seen. We worked with Maria as our coordinator throughout the planning process, and Olivia the day of. Maria was so kind, helpful, and responsive through the whole process. Olivia was great and made sure that everything was running smoothly on Meridian's end the day of the wedding. I could not think of a more perfect venue, and I am so happy we got to get married at Meridian House.

    Sent on 07/12/2019
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    Marie P · Married on 04/13/2019

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    Not better venue in Washington, DC

    Your guests will be delighted with the venue. Mention it to any other vendor in the industry and they gasp and say "My favorite venue!" It makes your day a fairytale.

    Sent on 04/17/2019

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Meridian House 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?
    $ 14000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 12000
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 14000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 12000
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Chairs
    Tables
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    5
  • Describe your venue:
    Garden
    Historic Building
    Mansion
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
  • 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
    Outside Vendors
    Preferred Vendors Only
    Wifi
  • What event items are available?
    Chairs
    Tables
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Shuttle
    Valet
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    April
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    June
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    October
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
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Real Weddings

Professional Network & Endorsements

7 Endorsements

  • Flowers by Suzann Wedding Florists

    The timeless elegance of Meridian House, from its grand staircase entrance, its ballrooms and gardens, defines your wedding.

  • MyDeejay Wedding DJs

    Meridian House is one of the most beautiful and intimate venues in DC, and we absolutely love playing there. We've done dozens of weddings there over the years and the building and grounds are always impeccably maintained. It's fun to watch the wedding guests get that "Wow!" look on their faces as they walk through the mansion - definitely one of the top spots in the district. Highly recommend!

  • Timmester Photography Wedding Photographers

    Meridian House is my favorite venue in DC. The interior and exterior are stunning and intimate, which make them a photographer's dream! Meridian House is a classic, gorgeous, intimate venue for any wedding.

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  • 1630 Crescent Place, NW Washington, DC, 20009 See on map
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