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White House Correspondents' marks Georgetown Powerhouse's social debut

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Nikki Schwab

Like every year, the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner is a way for Washington to roll out the red carpets for visiting Hollywood celebrities. And, as per usual, there's already a bevvy of parties scheduled for the weekend, now less than a month away. The Atlantic and National Journal are once again throwing an invite-only Friday night fete, on April 26, but this year the David Bradley-owned pubs are teaming up with OurTime.org, the youth empowerment organization that hosted a star-studded concert featuring will.i.am., Common and T-Pain over inauguration weekend.

This "Making News" party will take place at Georgetown's Powerhouse. Never heard of it? Yeah, we hadn't either.

The event space, located at 3255 Grace St. NW, is adjacent to the C&O Canal and was repurposed from an old powerhouse built in 1915. "If you've ever seen the Georgetown skyline, there's one really tall white smokestack in the skyline -- that's our space," explained Roger Whyte, director of events and operations for Rise Events, the company that books the property.

The building has two-levels, lots of exposed brick and cool industrial details from its past lives. Since its original use, the building has also stored street cars, been a nightclub and, for the past 25 years, was used as office space.

Then Ben and Dan Miller, brothers who run the company Fundrise, acquired the property and remodeled it. It was first opened for events this February. "So we've had a number of events in the space up to this point, but I would say the White House Correspondents' weekend party will be the first kind of high-profile, celebrity event," Whyte explained. "We have some final tile work being done today to make sure it's perfectly set up for that event," he added.

Nichole Redmond, associate director of National Journal Live, is overseeing the party and said she was looking for a unique event space and the Powerhouse perfectly fit the bill. "I was drawn to the Powerhouse because it's modern, industrial and chic, nothing you'd expect from the typical Washington party space of galleries, museums and historic mansions," she said.

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Nikki Schwab

Staff Reporter - Yeas & Nays
The Washington Examiner