Josephine Butler Parks Center
Overlooking Meridian Hill Park, the Josephine Butler Parks Center is an 18,000 square foot, 40-room Renaissance-revival style mansion. Washington Parks & People operates the Parks Center as a “greenhouse” for advancing Washington’s parks and public spaces. As a Nonprofit Center for Shared Space, Parks & People provides about 10-12 community-based non-profit culture and service organizations office space and an array of other benefits on the basis of partnership and an alignment of mission.
- 2437 15th Street NW Washington, DC 20009
- (202) 462-7275
Once the home of the Hungarian Embassy to the United States, the Josephine Butler Parks Center has been transformed into an Embassy of the Earth, with a global mission that radiates out from our home here in Washington, DC. As home to
a growing coalition of partner organizations, the Parks Center is a beacon of green urban revitalization and cooperation.
The Center has completed an award-winning and dramatic exterior restoration to its former glory. Interior spaces have been adapted to serve a broad range of modern needs. The features of the improved Center will include a multi-purpose
performance and special event facility, art exhibition and gallery space, a visitor center, a media center, an after-school program, a neighborhood park revitalization center, a job training and referral service, a teaching kitchen,
and a non-profit incubator loft. Ongoing interior and exterior historic restoration initiatives include repair and polishing of ornamental plaster, terrazzo, marble, glazed terracotta, faux limestone, and oak parquet finishes; installation
of new heating and cooling systems; lighting enhancements; and landscaping.