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Washington, D.C.



The first Congress under the Constitution in 1790 authorized President Washington to select a site for the nation’s capital “not exceeding 10 miles square” anywhere along an 80-mile stretch of the Potomac north of the junction of the Anacostia River. He chose a l0-mile square diamond with the junction of the two rivers at the center and the four corners at the cardinal points of the compass. The commissioners then took to naming the site “Washington” in honor of the first President. President Washington then selected a young Frenchman, Pierre L’Enfant, to be his chief engineer. In 1791 L’Enfant presented Washington with an ambitious vision of the city. The prominent feature of the plan included focal points that coincided with the three major branches of government: the executive, legislative and judicial. Each branch was to be connected by major roads – liberal and symbolic “avenues of communication”.


A "capital" city where On-Site Productions, has created great tour programs, incredible off-site special events in magnificent buildings.



A selection of tours

U.S. Department of State

The Department of State offers a fine arts tour of the building's eighth floor, featuring the Diplomatic Reception Rooms. This interesting tour explains the historical and diplomatic significance of the rooms and their furnishings.

The drawing rooms house some of the most beautiful period furniture in Washington, among the finest in the United States. This $50 million collection of museum-quality American furniture and decorative arts is truly one of the best-kept secrets in the city.

Hillwood

The creation of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the only child of Charles W. Post, founder of the Post Toasties fortune. The red brick mansion is surrounded by twenty-five acres of manicured lawns and gardens in one of Washington's most exclusive residential neighborhoods.

The forty room house is filled with the most comprehensive collection of Russian decorative arts outside the former Soviet Union, as well as a spectacular collection of eighteenth century French furniture, tapestries and objects d'arts.

The beautiful gardens include a rose garden formal French garden a Japanese garden and a Friendship Walk. The estate is planted profusely with azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods and holly.

A Colonial Invitation

A brief ride south along the banks of the Potomac River on the George Washington Parkway until we reach our final destination… Mount Vernon, the treasured 30-acre estate of George and Martha Washington. You will see the elegant mansion, beautiful gardens, serpentine walks, day to day domestic out-buildings, slave burial grounds, the tombs of George and Martha, and a breathtaking panoramic view of the Potomac River.

Then we travel back in time and have the opportunity to visit the colonial seaport of Old Town, Alexandria established in the year 1749, and steeped in history.

Washington National Cathedral

Planned by George Washington, Washington National Cathedral crowns 57 acres at the city's highest point. The sixth largest cathedral in the world, the National Cathedral is probably also the world’s last purely Gothic construction.

The guided tour through the 1/10 of a mile house of prayer includes the tombs of Helen Keller and Woodrow Wilson, the pulpit where Martin Luther King delivered his last speech, and outstanding stained glass windows (one housing a piece of moon rock).

A Memorial Tribute

On more than 1,000 acres at Arlington Cemetery lie the remains of thousands who fought at home and abroad from the Revolutionary to the Vietnam wars. Here, too, lie the graves of John and Robert Kennedy. To pay tribute to those lost, you will attend the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King delivered his "I have a dream speech". To its side are the black granite walls of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Also, alongside the Lincoln Memorial, visit Washington’s memorial to fallen servicemen and women, the Korean Memorial.

The FDR Memorial – a tribute to the only President of the United States to serve four terms. This seven-acre site depicts the twelve pivotal years of FDR’s presidency through a series of four outdoor “gallery” rooms.

Corridor Power

The US Capitol Building, with its splendid architecture and intriguing goings-on within. The building itself is a labyrinth of garrets, basements and sumptuous salons "doled" out by seniority to its most powerful committee chairs.

The Rotunda, a study in pageantry and history. It is here that America's most famous public servants have lain in state, surrounded by famous moments in American history, depicted in oil.

The Supreme Court, completed in 1935, the home of the highest court in the land.



A selection of evening event venues

National Archives

The National Archives was designed by the renowned architect John Russell Pope as temple to history. Pope, who also designed the Jefferson Memorial, wanted the architecture of the National Archives to reflect the significance, security and permanence of the records held therein.

The majestic domed ceiling of the Rotunda, rising 70 feet above the floor and the 40-foot-tall bronze doors contribute to the feelings of awe and reverence experienced by those that visit the building.

Before dinner, we will view the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States and Bill of Rights in the Rotunda of the National Archives, these documents have become known as “The Charters of Freedom”

Renwick Gallery

The building now known as the Renwick Gallery was originally designed to house the art collection of William Wilson Corcoran, a 19th century native of Washington and a prominent banker, philanthropist, and art collector. In 1858 Corcoran engaged the noted architect James Renwick Jr., who had earlier designed the Smithsonian’s Castle in Washington and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, to design a public museum.

This museum is situated on Pennsylvania Avenue, directly across from The Old Executive Office Building and The White House, and certainly perfect for reception and dinners.

An Exclusive After Hours Evening At Mount Vernon

Tonight you will have the opportunity to hold your private dining experience on the grounds of Mt. Vernon, overlooking the Potomac River.

The plantation was built by Washington's father in the early 1700's and was left to Washington's elder half brother, Lawrence. After his death, the property was deeded to George. Washington enlarged the property and in 1759, married Martha Danridge Custis, a wealthy widow with two children. A working plantation, Mt. Vernon flourished through the late 1700's and served as George Washington's home until his death in 1799.

The colonial mansion features a two story piazza which looks out on a breathtaking view of the Potomac, grand palladian windows, and exquisite plaster moldings.

Mellon Auditorium

Formerly known as The Departmental Auditorium, The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium faces Constitution Avenue and is entered through three doorways in deeply channeled Indiana limestone above Deere Island pink granite.

The grandeur of the building’s exterior is matched by its interior. Limestone-finished walls and piers define the space and frame views of the east and west staircases, the lobby, and the breathtaking auditorium beyond.

At the heart of the building is the spectacular auditorium standing more than 60 feet in height and embellished with limestone pilasters, gilded relief carvings, and polished oak. Fluted Doric columns surround the room consisting of crushed clam shell and serving as acoustical stone.

Library of Congress

The Italian-Renaissance designed Library of Congress was completed in 1897. Congressmen were heard to grumble that its dome competed with that of their Capitol. It is certainly decorative, with busts of Dante, Goethe, Hawthorne and other great writers perched above its entryway.

The Court of Neptune, Roland Hinton Perry's fountain at the base of the front steps, rivals some of Rome's grandest fountains.

National Building Museum

Stretching the length of a football field, the National Pension building is a red brick edifice that was built in 1882 to house the Pension Bureau Offices. Eight marbleized Corinthian columns, the largest in the world, face each other on either side of the courts central fountain.

Four floors overlook this magnificent space via arcaded loggias on the first and second floors, a parapet on the third floor, and a wrought iron balcony on the top floor.

DAR

The Daughters of the American Revolution Museum has assembled an outstanding collection of antique furniture, ceramics, silver, glass, paintings and quilts, in an exhibition gallery and thirty-three period rooms in the Beaux-Arts-styled Memorial Continental Hall.

Founded in 1890, the year the DAR was formed by descendants of men who fought in the Revolutionary War, the museum contains more than thirty thousand objects that trace the development of life in America during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Enjoy a wonderful reception and dinner overlooking the Washington Monument and the Ellipse

An Evening at the Folger Shakespeare Library

The Folger Shakespeare Library opened in 1932, a gift to the nation from oil company executive Henry Clay Folger. Designed by Philadelphia architect, Paul Philippe Cret with Alexander Trowbridge as consulting architect, the Library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Its neo-classic facade, set gracefully among the federal buildings surrounded by the Capitol building, conceals a richly paneled Elizabethan world of vaulted ceilings, carved woods, stained glass, and venerable books.

Best known as the home of the largest Shakespeare collection in the world, the library houses 350,000 books, manuscripts and artworks.

Newseum

Standing between the U.S. Capitol and the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue and featuring dramatic vistas of Washington, the Newseum is a sought-after venue for special events. “The Newseum is a premium space in Washington D.C.

The front of the Newseum features the 45 words of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution etched into a 75-foot-tall tablet of Tennessee pink marble facing Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Newseum exhibit galleries offer 250,000 square feet of event space to accommodate standing receptions and seated dinners.