Once the home of DC's famed Engine Company 12, the Washington firehouse was originally constructed in 1895 by architect, Snowden Ashford, and was noted for its “artistic architectural design.” The Firehouse was officially commemorated on July 1, 1897 and went on to house generations of firemen for close to a century.
In 2013 the magnificent building was transformed into a first class contemporary American restaurant, coupled with spacious and lavish event spaces. Stepping inside Old Engine 12, guests are enveloped in the history and elegance of the historical neighborhood's landmark. From the 120-year old exposed brick walls, to the original floors, ceilings, and pine stairways, the process of restoring and transforming the century old Washington firehouse was a two-year endeavor. The historic building and event space boasts contemporary décor with beautifully designed appointments. Perfectly crafted for a venue rich in history and memorable experiences.
From the original brass fireman’s pole to the third floor Captain’s Loft, the new renovations have preserved the legacy and character of the original firehouse that served its community with pride for nearly a century. Old Engine 12 plays host to some of the most dynamic events in the nations's capital, from memorable occasions such as weddings, intimate gatherings, and birthday parties; to teambuilding, performing arts, live music and political events. With three floors and 10,000 square feet of space available as a canvas, the venue is the perfect fit for a custom experience.
- Three levels of event space
- Customizable layout
- Total guest capacity: 300
- 100 seated on first two floors
- Top floor lounge: 45 max capacity
- Flexible & customizable pricing options
Renovation Fun Facts
- Hardwood on second and third floors installed in 1897
- Insulation added to roofing allowing for reinforced exposed beams and ceiling structure (120 year old original wood structure used)
- Original pine stairs throughout building
- Five layers of 100-year old paint removed to expose original wood throughout ceilings, doors and window casings
- Updated original firehouse garage doors with custom 'firehouse red' modern doors