In looking for venues for a holiday party, I came across a relatively new venue in Georgetown – The Powerhouse. The Powerhouse is a historic warehouse-y type building in a great location. We didn’t end up selecting the venue for this event, but I hope to be able to use it in the future, as there was a lot that I liked about it.
The venue’s location is either a benefit or a drawback, depending on how you look at it. It’s located in Georgetown, which is a swanky area that lots of people want to be – except that it isn’t easily accessible. There’s no metro nearby and parking is a pain in the you-know-what. The Powerhouse is located behind Dean and Deluca’s. If you are coming from M Street (the main drag in Georgetown), it’s easily accessible via footbridge. But the building is also located on an extremely narrow street that has zero parking and would be tricky for buses to navigate.
Once you make it there (and I went on a weekday afternoon for a site visit, and it was a little nondescript. I tried the door but it was locked, but luckily someone saw me and I was let in), the first thing you notice is how BIG it is. It’s huge – 6500 square feet. There are two levels and it’s very bare. Which is good and bad – it’s good in that you can really transform the space, it’s practically a blank canvas. The bad is that you absolutely have to do a ton to “gussy it up” for an event. The Powerhouse has a practically required lighting package they want you to get, which helps, but you’d likely want to bring in a ton of décor. It’s not a beautiful ballroom that takes little additional décor, like the Willard or the Loews Madison.
But it’s not meant to be. It’s meant to be a large open space. A space dominated by the smokestack which harkens back to the building’s original use. The smokestack is very cool and would be great with a gobo or other lighting projected on it.
There is a built in DJ stand, the bathrooms looked pretty modern. All in all it’s a very functional space.
As I mentioned, this space didn’t work out for this event – partially due to location, partially due to budget (rentals start at $5,000 for weekdays and go on up for weekends and holidays). But I would like to find a reason to hold an event here – while the “blank canvas” aspect might be daunting, I’d be excited to try and transform the space!
Have you been to The Powerhouse? What did you think?
Top photo via The Webster Group