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St. Francis Hall

Washington , DC

LOCATION

1400 Quincy Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017 US (map)

PHONE

202-425-6548

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ABOUT US

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... Read more
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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Wedding:
11/12/2016
5.0/5.0
I gave St. Francis Hall 5 stars because it is an AMAZING venue at a super reasonable price in DC. It is stunningly beautiful inside and out (amazing gardens for pictures). I got SO MANY compliments on the venue - truly a hidden gem in NE DC. I will note that in the beginning it was a tiny bit stressful to get in touch because the woman who handles the events has another full time job & does this on the side, BUT she was super easy to work with and really in the end it all worked out great so hopefully that won't give you hesitation if you're considering the hall. They are pretty strict in terms of timing (in/out) so I added an extra hour just to give the vendors a little padding so that no one felt rushed and it worked out so well. Highly recommend this place :)
I gave St. Francis Hall 5 stars because it is an AMAZING venue at a super reasonable price in DC. It is stunningly Read more...
I gave St. Francis Hall 5 stars because it is an AMAZING venue at a super reasonable price in DC. It is stunningly beautiful inside and out (amazing gardens for pictures). I got SO MANY compliments on the venue - truly a hidden gem in NE DC. I will note that in the beginning it was a tiny bit stressful to get in touch because the woman who handles the events has another full time job & does this on the side, BUT she was super easy to work with and really in the end it all worked out great so hopefully that won't give you hesitation if you're considering the hall. They are pretty strict in terms of timing (in/out) so I added an extra hour just to give the vendors a little padding so that no one felt rushed and it worked out so well. Highly recommend this place :) Read less
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Forrest
Wedding:
10/15/2016
4.6/5.0
It was a beautiful place to have a wedding. The lawn next door is great for a ceremony (we had 130 guests, and it could easily accommodate up to 200). The reception hall is excellent (although much more than 150 guests would probably be a tight fit for full seating), and you won't need many decorations, the interior is very classy and looked great with our minimal decorations. Many guests commented on how beautiful our venue was, and the interior layout is very conducive to a great party. The outdoor balcony was also wonderful for our cocktail hour. So long as you talk to the friars at the monastery next door, you can use the gardens for photos.

The cost is very affordable for a venue of this size in DC. They do not have a full-time staff, so it occasionally took longer than normal to hear back from them regarding our questions. However, the day-of service was great; the staff was there in plenty of time to set things up and helped our catering company to prepare for our wedding. We are so glad that we got married here!
It was a beautiful place to have a wedding. The lawn next door is great for a ceremony (we had 130 guests, and it could Read more...
It was a beautiful place to have a wedding. The lawn next door is great for a ceremony (we had 130 guests, and it could easily accommodate up to 200). The reception hall is excellent (although much more than 150 guests would probably be a tight fit for full seating), and you won't need many decorations, the interior is very classy and looked great with our minimal decorations. Many guests commented on how beautiful our venue was, and the interior layout is very conducive to a great party. The outdoor balcony was also wonderful for our cocktail hour. So long as you talk to the friars at the monastery next door, you can use the gardens for photos.

The cost is very affordable for a venue of this size in DC. They do not have a full-time staff, so it occasionally took longer than normal to hear back from them regarding our questions. However, the day-of service was great; the staff was there in plenty of time to set things up and helped our catering company to prepare for our wedding. We are so glad that we got married here! Read less
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Brynn
Wedding:
9/10/2016
4.5/5.0
This venue is GORGEOUS! My husband and I looked at 8 venues in the greater DC area (ranging from historic manor houses/mansions to wineries to ballroom/event centers). We needed a big space for dancing that could also keep us in budget and St Francis was just what we needed. When my husband and I walked into St Francis Hall the first time, he turned to me and said "this is it". It's the perfect combination of gorgeous grounds, awesome central location within walking distance of the Brookland/CUA metro stop and ample free parking (very unusual for DC), and open space ballroom (all wood floors) with an almost medieval feel in the room. My mom describes it as Hogwarts-like. Their staff is part-time which helps keep costs low but also delays email responses but they still get back to you within 2 days. Another bonus is that we were allowed to keep the party going until 11PM (party over by 11PM, cleanup by 12AM). This venue has tables and chairs in stock, but needs your catering staff to set it all up once the inventory has been brought up from storage. Some venues have linens, but they do not and we easily rented linens through our caterer. We had our ceremony outdoors in the sidelawn and reception inside and everything worked out beautifully. My only qualm was that I was planning this DC wedding from Columbus, OH but had to do the required venue walk through on a Thursday morning (St Francis Hall allows walk through on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday mornings but the caterer couldn't do Saturday). It was a minor inconvenience for having such a great place and the walk-through definitely ensured everything went smoothly. All in all I'm very happy we had our ceremony and reception at St Francis Hall and would recommend them especially for a local bride!
This venue is GORGEOUS! My husband and I looked at 8 venues in the greater DC area (ranging from historic manor Read more...
This venue is GORGEOUS! My husband and I looked at 8 venues in the greater DC area (ranging from historic manor houses/mansions to wineries to ballroom/event centers). We needed a big space for dancing that could also keep us in budget and St Francis was just what we needed. When my husband and I walked into St Francis Hall the first time, he turned to me and said "this is it". It's the perfect combination of gorgeous grounds, awesome central location within walking distance of the Brookland/CUA metro stop and ample free parking (very unusual for DC), and open space ballroom (all wood floors) with an almost medieval feel in the room. My mom describes it as Hogwarts-like. Their staff is part-time which helps keep costs low but also delays email responses but they still get back to you within 2 days. Another bonus is that we were allowed to keep the party going until 11PM (party over by 11PM, cleanup by 12AM). This venue has tables and chairs in stock, but needs your catering staff to set it all up once the inventory has been brought up from storage. Some venues have linens, but they do not and we easily rented linens through our caterer. We had our ceremony outdoors in the sidelawn and reception inside and everything worked out beautifully. My only qualm was that I was planning this DC wedding from Columbus, OH but had to do the required venue walk through on a Thursday morning (St Francis Hall allows walk through on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday mornings but the caterer couldn't do Saturday). It was a minor inconvenience for having such a great place and the walk-through definitely ensured everything went smoothly. All in all I'm very happy we had our ceremony and reception at St Francis Hall and would recommend them especially for a local bride! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.4/5.0
We're so happy to have gotten married at St. Francis Hall. We had our ceremony on the adjacent lawn; it was sooo beautiful in late Spring that we didn't even need ceremony decorations--the natural greenery and growing flowers were enough! The hall itself worked well with our very large number of guests (235); although it was a tight fit, the energy and atmosphere was so positive that none of our guests seemed to mind. Manny (whose on staff at St. Francis Hall) was a DREAM to work with--try to get him to work during your reception because he has a wonderful work ethic and very much wants you to be happy. All of our interactions with him were wonderful--as opposed to Pedro who disappeared without a word during our official walk-through, was continually late to meetings and overall not the most efficient to work with. Despite the disappointment of Pedro, we're still quite happy with St. Francis Hall and with all the amenities they offer when you rent their space (including the upstairs bridal suite, tables and chairs, and the ability to take photos in the beautiful Monastery Gardens across the street)! A beautiful wedding at a beautiful venue!!
We're so happy to have gotten married at St. Francis Hall. We had our ceremony on the adjacent lawn; it was sooo beautiful Read more...
We're so happy to have gotten married at St. Francis Hall. We had our ceremony on the adjacent lawn; it was sooo beautiful in late Spring that we didn't even need ceremony decorations--the natural greenery and growing flowers were enough! The hall itself worked well with our very large number of guests (235); although it was a tight fit, the energy and atmosphere was so positive that none of our guests seemed to mind. Manny (whose on staff at St. Francis Hall) was a DREAM to work with--try to get him to work during your reception because he has a wonderful work ethic and very much wants you to be happy. All of our interactions with him were wonderful--as opposed to Pedro who disappeared without a word during our official walk-through, was continually late to meetings and overall not the most efficient to work with. Despite the disappointment of Pedro, we're still quite happy with St. Francis Hall and with all the amenities they offer when you rent their space (including the upstairs bridal suite, tables and chairs, and the ability to take photos in the beautiful Monastery Gardens across the street)! A beautiful wedding at a beautiful venue!! Read less
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Sasha
Wedding:
5/20/2016
4.7/5.0
I love this venue. It was a little hard to coordinate with them since they work part time, but everything looked beautiful the day of the wedding. The staff was great and the venue itself is beautiful.
I love this venue. It was a little hard to coordinate with them since they work part time, but everything looked beautiful Read more...
I love this venue. It was a little hard to coordinate with them since they work part time, but everything looked beautiful the day of the wedding. The staff was great and the venue itself is beautiful. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
St. Francis Hall was a perfect choice for my May wedding in DC. The location is perfect and is a hidden gem located in a quiet neighborhood. You'd never know you were in the middle of a busy city!! The grounds and venue are truly beautiful, unique, and rustic. I LOVED having my wedding there. Cara and Pedro were very responsive and friendly to work with. I highly recommend this venue.
St. Francis Hall was a perfect choice for my May wedding in DC. The location is perfect and is a hidden gem located in a Read more...
St. Francis Hall was a perfect choice for my May wedding in DC. The location is perfect and is a hidden gem located in a quiet neighborhood. You'd never know you were in the middle of a busy city!! The grounds and venue are truly beautiful, unique, and rustic. I LOVED having my wedding there. Cara and Pedro were very responsive and friendly to work with. I highly recommend this venue. Read less
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Mary Beth
Wedding:
4/30/2016
4.2/5.0
Although there are some quirks associated with this venue, it's well worth booking for how gorgeous it is. We couldn't find anything else like it in DC to fit our potentially up to 250 guests. The booking price isn't super cheap, but it's still reasonable when you can bring in all outside vendors (including providing your own alcohol). One of the venue quirks to keep in mind -- the POC, Cara, does not speak on the phone, only through email. Some people may get frustrated with that, but I actually didn't mind all of our correspondence being in writing for later reference. The planning POC is different from the day-of POC, Pedro, so there's a chance some information/communication can get lost in the process. Also, some of the documents sent to us differed from the versions of the same documents online (different numbers of tables available, different open house times, different due dates), so be sure to check that you are using the most up-to-date versions.

The chairs that come with the venue are beautiful, and there are many different table sizes to choose from to fit your party size and preference. I was nervous about having ~200 guests in not a huge space, but with six wedding party members (including bride and groom) on the stage and 20-30 in each of the side sections, there was plenty of room for a large dance floor.

We had one hiccup at our wedding reception. Despite getting prior approval from Cara to have a sparkler exit and confirming it with Pedro at our walk-through, the overall head of the Franciscan Monastery next door said that we were not allowed to do it and threatened a fine if we did. This was disappointing, but after reaching out to Cara once we were back from our honeymoon, she agreed to reimburse us for the price of the 200 sparklers we had purchased and couldn't use. We really appreciated this excellent customer service to try to make up for the issue. Would definitely book it again if we were doing it over!
Although there are some quirks associated with this venue, it's well worth booking for how gorgeous it is. We couldn't Read more...
Although there are some quirks associated with this venue, it's well worth booking for how gorgeous it is. We couldn't find anything else like it in DC to fit our potentially up to 250 guests. The booking price isn't super cheap, but it's still reasonable when you can bring in all outside vendors (including providing your own alcohol). One of the venue quirks to keep in mind -- the POC, Cara, does not speak on the phone, only through email. Some people may get frustrated with that, but I actually didn't mind all of our correspondence being in writing for later reference. The planning POC is different from the day-of POC, Pedro, so there's a chance some information/communication can get lost in the process. Also, some of the documents sent to us differed from the versions of the same documents online (different numbers of tables available, different open house times, different due dates), so be sure to check that you are using the most up-to-date versions.

The chairs that come with the venue are beautiful, and there are many different table sizes to choose from to fit your party size and preference. I was nervous about having ~200 guests in not a huge space, but with six wedding party members (including bride and groom) on the stage and 20-30 in each of the side sections, there was plenty of room for a large dance floor.

We had one hiccup at our wedding reception. Despite getting prior approval from Cara to have a sparkler exit and confirming it with Pedro at our walk-through, the overall head of the Franciscan Monastery next door said that we were not allowed to do it and threatened a fine if we did. This was disappointing, but after reaching out to Cara once we were back from our honeymoon, she agreed to reimburse us for the price of the 200 sparklers we had purchased and couldn't use. We really appreciated this excellent customer service to try to make up for the issue. Would definitely book it again if we were doing it over! Read less
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Florence
Wedding:
4/29/2016
4.5/5.0
I would have to say SFH was an amazing find in DC and I loved having our wedding there!!

Everything went well and turned out perfect even if they weren't very flexible on their furniture and couldn't use the cocktail tables in their own garden but my guests were in awe in this venue and I would definitely recommend this place for anyone who wants to get out of the cliché hotel wedding style!
I would have to say SFH was an amazing find in DC and I loved having our wedding there!!

Everything went well and Read more...
I would have to say SFH was an amazing find in DC and I loved having our wedding there!!

Everything went well and turned out perfect even if they weren't very flexible on their furniture and couldn't use the cocktail tables in their own garden but my guests were in awe in this venue and I would definitely recommend this place for anyone who wants to get out of the cliché hotel wedding style! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The venue is beautiful and spacious. The grounds are breathtaking for photos (with pre-approved permission). We booked this venue early out but decided to change it to a beach destination. This venue provides round tables and chiavari chairs which is nice. Any caterer needs to be approved by the facility staff which is standard practice and parking is spacious and free. Our main concern was driving to this area and thru parts of D.C. Although it is safe, some areas may not be ideal especially for guests who do not venture into major cities. Other than that, I would have loved to have our ceremony and reception here. The owner was able to rebook my date and sent me a check to refund the entire deposit (which I had forgotten about at that point) but what a pleasant surprise.
The venue is beautiful and spacious. The grounds are breathtaking for photos (with pre-approved permission). We booked Read more...
The venue is beautiful and spacious. The grounds are breathtaking for photos (with pre-approved permission). We booked this venue early out but decided to change it to a beach destination. This venue provides round tables and chiavari chairs which is nice. Any caterer needs to be approved by the facility staff which is standard practice and parking is spacious and free. Our main concern was driving to this area and thru parts of D.C. Although it is safe, some areas may not be ideal especially for guests who do not venture into major cities. Other than that, I would have loved to have our ceremony and reception here. The owner was able to rebook my date and sent me a check to refund the entire deposit (which I had forgotten about at that point) but what a pleasant surprise. Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
8/29/2015
4.8/5.0
St. Francis Hall is one of the most beautiful and unique venues in DC. The space, including outside, is maintained extremely well. The planning process was stress free and went smoothly. I received my security deposit back one week after the wedding, which is amazing. Everything was exactly how I wanted it on my wedding day, and I am so happy I chose this venue!! My only complaint is that they charge a lot of money to do your rehearsal there, so we chose another location for that.
St. Francis Hall is one of the most beautiful and unique venues in DC. The space, including outside, is maintained Read more...
St. Francis Hall is one of the most beautiful and unique venues in DC. The space, including outside, is maintained extremely well. The planning process was stress free and went smoothly. I received my security deposit back one week after the wedding, which is amazing. Everything was exactly how I wanted it on my wedding day, and I am so happy I chose this venue!! My only complaint is that they charge a lot of money to do your rehearsal there, so we chose another location for that. Read less
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