Events DC Partners with National Building Museum to Honor Historical Significance of St. Elizabeths Campus

Exclusive opening reception to commence the launch of new museum exhibition

(WASHINGTON, DC) – March 14, 2017 – Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, announced today a partnership with the National Building Museum as the exclusive title sponsor of the opening night reception for the museum’s new exhibition, Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852- 2017. The exhibition, open to the public beginning March 25, 2017 through January 15, 2018, traces nearly two centuries of St. Elizabeths’ evolution including the recent redevelopment of the campus as the site of the Entertainment and Sports Arena being developed by Events DC, the District of Columbia and Monumental Sports & Entertainment.
“Events DC is honored to partner with the National Building Museum in commemorating one of the most significant architectural landmarks to the history of Washington, DC,” said Erik A. Moses, senior vice president and managing director of sports, entertainment, and special events at Events DC. “The Museum’s exceptional exhibition is sure to captivate residents and visitors, offering extensive insight into the St. Elizabeths campus history and we are committed to support the telling of its story—especially as we develop the new Entertainment and Sports Arena.”
“We are truly grateful for the support of Events DC in presenting this important exhibition,” said Laura Brower Hagood, vice president of development at the National Building Museum. “Their key leadership role in developing plans for re-use of the historic East Campus has contributed to the site’s evolution and its impact on Washington, D.C.”
In collaboration with Events DC’s supporting sponsors, Smoot/Gilbane and Brailsford & Dunlavey, the opening reception will take place at the National Building Museum and feature remarks by Chase W. Rynd, president and executive director of the National Building Museum and Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC, and an exclusive preview of the Architecture of an Asylum exhibition.

As part of the exhibition, the National Building Museum will host “community days” at the National Building Museum, dedicating free tours of the St. Elizabeths exhibition to Ward 8 and 7 residents along with other educational programming for K-12 District educators and Ward 7 and 8 DCPS middle and high school students.

Some exhibition displays include medical instruments, architectural drawings, furnishings, photographs, patient-created art, and scrapbooks. Current architectural renderings of the future Entertainment and Sports Arena and campus-area development will also be on displayed.

PRESS PREVIEW Members of the press are invited to preview the public opening on Thursday, March 23 at 10 a.m. Curator Sarah Leavitt will offer remarks and a tour. To RSVP, contact Emma Filar at or 202-272-2448, ext. 3458.

About Events DC
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. The most recent addition is Gateway DC, an innovative and versatile space featuring a covered and open-air pavilion in the center of a 1-acre park, conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit and find us on social media – Facebook (Events DC), Twitter (@TheEventsDC and @TheEventsDC_SED for the Sports Entertainment and Special Events Division), and Instagram (@EventsDC).

About The National Building Museum
The National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution dedicated to advancing the quality of the built environment by educating people about its impact on their lives. Through its exhibitions, educational programs, online content, and publications, the Museum has become a vital forum for the exchange of ideas and information about the world we build for ourselves. Public inquiries: 202.272.2448 or visit Follow us on Twitter: @BuildingMuseum and Facebook: