Venue Insights: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

Located between 12th and 14th Streets, NW, on Constitution Avenue, the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium (Mellon) is located in the heart of the city, directly across the street from the National Mall and the National Museum of American History.

Formerly known as The Departmental Auditorium, the Mellon was conceived and constructed in the 1930’s out of a need for a large assembly space for government ceremonies and meetings. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the auditorium in 1935, and it has been used as an event space since, hosting many historical events, such as the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty in 1949, which established the North American Treaty Organization (NATO). While the building is still a government owned space, it is available today for public and private events.

Not only is the Mellon a historically significant building, but also an architecturally moving event space. Guests are greeted by a grand granite and limestone façade with soaring columns and three 20-ft tall arched entrances with elaborate, gilded gates.

Exterior of the Mellon Auditorium Lit Up for the Lupus Foundation of America’s Washington, DC Gala

Immediately inside is the lobby, featuring limestone walls and marble floors, which is large enough to be used as a reception space. TWG frequently uses this space as a dessert reception area for guests to mingle and grab a treat as they depart.

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he auditorium is the most expansive space in the building, with 60-ft high ceilings, large columns surrounding the room and colossal luminaries adorning the ceiling. This room features a large, permanent stage with an ornamental carving which can serve as a built-in back drop – just add some up-lighting and a gobo!

Lupus Foundation of America’s Butterfly Gala

Panel on Stage at the America Abroad Media Awards Dinner

America Abroad Media’s Annual Awards Dinner

Finally, behind the auditorium and stage are “green” rooms – three connecting rooms painted a deep green with gold leaf accents. These rooms can be used as breakout meeting spaces, reception areas or literal green rooms for speakers, entertainers and VIPs.

The Mellon as a whole will accommodate an event of up to 1,000 guests. The auditorium can hold up 1,000 guests at a reception or in theater seating and just over 600 at a seated banquet style event. All three green rooms together can accommodate approximately 300 at a reception and the lobby about 250.

Valet parking is used and recommended for most events due to the building’s location on Constitution Avenue. Limited street parking is available and the closest parking garage, a large, 24-hour garage, is located at the Ronald Reagan Building, a short walk away. The closest Metro Station is Federal Triangle (Blue, Orange and Silver Lines), also a short walk from the venue.

For more information visit the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium’s website