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DAR Constitution Hall

DAR Constitution Hall
DAR Constitution Hall
DAR Constitution Hall is located in Washington, D.C.
DAR Constitution Hall
Location 1776 D Street NW
Washington, D.C.
Built 1929
Architect John Russell Pope
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 85002724
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 16, 1985[1]
Designated NHL September 16, 1985[2]

DAR Constitution Hall is a concert hall located in Washington, D.C. It was built in 1929 by the Daughters of the American Revolution to house its annual convention when membership delegations outgrew Memorial Continental Hall. Later, the two buildings were connected by a third structure housing the DAR Museum, administrative offices, and genealogical library. DAR Constitution Hall is still owned and operated by the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.[2]


  • Description 1
  • Events 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The hall was designed by architect Ellipse in front of the White House. The hall seats 3,702, with 2,208 in the tiers and 1,234 on the orchestra level. Additionally, 52 boxes (containing five seats each) separate the orchestra from the tiers, including one Presidential box.[3]

The Hall is a

  • DAR Constitution Hall
  • DAR Constitution Hall on Google Street View

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See also

Every U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge has attended at least one event at the theater.[5]

In 1939, the DAR denied American Red Cross war relief benefit in 1943; in 1964, she chose it as the first venue of her farewell concert tour.[3]

From 1930 until the opening of the Connie B. Gay. The National Geographic Society presented a sold-out film lectures in the hall for many decades, three evenings a week until about 1990 when they moved to the National Geographic theater near 16th and M Streets, NW. The free Air Force Band Sunday concerts, featuring famous guest artists, are popular, as is the band's special Christmas gala show.

The Hall is used for concerts, school commencements, conferences, corporate meetings, televised events and other performances. The Hall hosted the 1939 premiere of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and was the recording site for Eddie Murphy Delirious in 1983; Whitney Houston's Classic Whitney concerts in 1997; Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat in 2002; Chris Rock's HBO special and album Never Scared in 2004 and Robin Williams HBO special Weapons of Self Destruction in 2009. It has hosted tapings of TV game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune and the 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2008 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.



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