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Walter E. Washington Convention Center

801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001 Main Number: 202-249-3000
Event Hotline: 202-249-3400
Job Hotline: 202-249-3198

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is a 2.3 million square foot (210,000 m²) building located in Washington, D.C. The center was designed by Atlanta-based architecture firm Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates. The center is located in a superblock bounded by Mount Vernon Square and 7th, 9th, and N streets, N.W. It is served by the Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center station on the Yellow and Green lines of the Washington Metro. It was completed in 2003.

The Washington Convention and Sports Authority (WCSA) Board of Directors agreed to expand the newly built convention center by 75,000 square feet (7,000 m²) and build and own a hotel with between 1,220 and 1,500 rooms and an additional 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) of convention and ballroom space.

Most of the inaugural balls for the 2005 Presidential Inauguration of George W. Bush were held at the convention center, and six of the 10 official balls of the 2009 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama took place there, including the first-ever Neighborhood Ball.

In 2006, the Council of the District of Columbia approved legislation naming the then-Washington Convention Center in honor of the city's first home rule mayor, the late Walter E. Washington.

The previous Washington Convention Center was located one block southwest at 909 H Street NW, occupying the city block bounded by New York Avenue, 9th Street, H Street and 11th Street. Construction on the center began in 1980, and it opened in 1983. At 800,000 gross square feet it was, at the time, the fourth largest facility in the United States. However, during the 1980s and 1990s numerous larger and more modern facilities were constructed around the country and by 1997 the Washington Convention Center had become the 30th largest facility. After being replaced by the new Walter E. Washington Convention Center, it was imploded at approximately 7:30 a.m. on December 18, 2004. The site is now a municipal parking lot and is also used for special events such as Cirque Du Soleil.

(From Wikipedia)