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St. Francis Hall is truly one of DC's best hidden gems. We are a charming facility adjacent to the beautiful Franciscan Monastery in the quiet Brookland neighborhood of northeast Washington, DC (conveniently located near Catholic University).

Built in 1931 and featuring romantic Renaissance architecture, St. Francis Hall offers a rare combination of classic beauty and modern amenities. The Hall can accommodate 250 people for weddings, banquets and meetings on weekends and weekdays. Ample, free parking is available for all events - a rarity for city venues.

St. Francis Hall is an especially beautiful setting for weddings and other social events. The Hall's high ceilings, romantic lighting and elegant ballroom chairs help create a stunning atmosphere. The Monastery's beautiful gardens and grounds make an especially scenic backdrop for photographs.

The Hall offers very competitive rates and the rental fee includes tables and chairs. Clients may choose from a list of recommended caterers or bring in their own.

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Reviews of St. Francis Hall

4.6 out of 5 rating
4.6 out of 5 rating
92 Reviews
91% recommend it
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4.6/5 92 reviews
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4.7/5 252 reviews
Betty
Betty Sent on 05/21/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The Wedding of our Dreams

St. Francis Hall is & was our dream venue. Not only from an aesthetic and beauty perspective, but the logistical aspects, the people, and the location were all perfect.

The nearby botanical gardens are completely stunning. It doesn't even matter whether it's sunny or rainy: the gardens beam with color regardless. Our wedding ended up being an overcast, rainy day and we truly and honestly felt like this wasn't even a drawback due to the way that the gardens just exploded with lush green.

The Hall is stunning inside and out, and supported a wedding of 110 with complete ease: we had a huge dance floor and plenty of room for cocktails on the balcony. The sound inside the hall was spectacular and the lighting was incredible every step of the way throughout the night.

Edward was a dream to work with and was so relaxed and flexible. They had plenty of storage space for drop off & pick up, tons of parking, and the street it's on is quiet and hardly trafficked.

We think choosing St. Francis Hall was one of the best decisions we made in the planning process.
Alex
Alex Sent on 03/16/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Love at first sight

As soon as we walked into St. Francis Hall we knew we'd found the perfect venue. It has such beautiful Old World charm but is not overly formal or stiff - it transitions perfectly from dreamy ceremony to dance-filled party for the reception. Operations director Edward was so accommodating with us and inspired confidence from the first time we met hands. We're so thankful to him and his staff for an absolutely wonderful wedding day.
Nicole
Nicole Sent on 05/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Two Thumbs Way Up!

This is the first venue that we looked at and we absolutely fell in love. What a gem! Despite living about 2 miles from the space, neither my husband nor I knew about it prior to looking for venues. It is a stunning space and so flexible! Logistically, they have plenty of vendors on their approved list to choose from, you can bring your own alcohol, and there is tons of parking. Personally, we fell in love with the stunning nearby gardens. It's dreamy and the venue manager, Edward, is perfect to work with--he made everything a breeze. 12 out of 10 stars!!
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Elegant Gatherings DC Elegant Gatherings DC Wedding Rentals

We worked with the staff of St. Francis Hall for a winter wedding that went smoothly and without a hitch. We really enjoyed being able to design and style this beautiful venue for a winter wedding that included the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. This is truly of one DC's hidden gems!

Bellwether Events Bellwether Events Wedding Planners

St. Francis Hall is a hidden gem in Washington DC. If you are looking to transport your guests to the Old World, and create an atmosphere reminiscent of an historic villa in Europe, this is the site for you. The exposed brick and hardwood floors will impress you immediately. The surrounding gardens offer you great opportunities for photo sessions. The stage is perfect for a band. The bridal suite upstairs is as big as any I've ever seen. The site has chairs, tables and linens at an affordable rate. The staff at St. Francis Hall is completely accommodating, and friendly to boot. The rental rates are incredibly competitive. You cannot go wrong with booking St. Francis Hall for your wedding so I recommend that you go take a tour today! Note: I think I would keep the guest list to about 170 (seated) at this venue.

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