Halcyon House

Halcyon is headquartered in Halcyon House, a historic 18th century mansion located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

This building was built beginning in 1787 by the first Secretary of the Navy, Benjamin Stoddert, who used it as his residence. During this time Halcyon House was considered the center of much of Washington social life, with an entrance in what is now the back of the building, amidst gardens designed by Pierre L’Enfant, the famed planner of the city of Washington.

The property changed hands several times over the years, at one point belonging to the eccentric Albert Clemens, and at another point serving as a dormitory for nearby Georgetown University. Long-time Washingtonians may remember that for a time in the late 1990s and early 2000s, it was used primarily as an event venue, but when it was purchased by Dr. Sachiko Kuno in 2011, she envisioned a greater use for the space, and the idea for Halcyon started to take shape.

Halcyon’s hallways, working spaces, and library are popular haunts for both current Halcyon fellows and alumni. In addition to serving as the headquarters for the Halcyon team, Halcyon House is the site of many of Halcyon’s public events, including Halcyon Incubator kickoff and showcase events and speaker series.

While the property is no longer available as an event venue in the way it once was, use of our spaces can be incorporated into sponsorship arrangements. For more information about sponsorship benefits involving the use of Halcyon House, contact David Corson at d.corson@halcyonhouse.org.

Fillmore School

While Halcyon’s social enterprise fellows make their home at Halcyon House, our fellows in the arts are located a few blocks north at Halcyon Arts Lab, housed in another Georgetown landmark, the historic Fillmore School.

The Fillmore School is a late 19th century building with a long history as a part of the D.C. arts community. Before its acquisition by the S&R Foundation in 2016, the building was part of the Corcoran School of Art and Design. Classes on everything from interior design, to photo journalism, to graphic design, jewelry, print making, and video editing took place at the Fillmore School. Even earlier, the building was home to the Fillmore Arts Center, a DCPS Arts Elementary School.

The renovations made to Halcyon Arts Lab since 2016 have included making the building accessible, building a public entryway, and adding gallery and dance studio spaces. Elsewhere on the property, visitors can check out native plants, reduced runoff landscaping, and a solar flower that powers outdoor lighting and a charging station for electric vehicles.

While most of the studio spaces at the Halcyon Arts Lab are reserved for current and post-residency fellows, some space is available for local artists in residence, whose presence at the Arts Lab helps ground our fellows in the D.C. art community.

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