Visit the Wilson Building

The historic John A. Wilson Building houses the Executive Office of the Mayor and the Council of the District of Columbia. As the statehouse and city hall for the District of Columbia, the building is open to the public, and we encourage the city’s residents and visitors to tour the building and sit in on the legislative process.

LOCATION

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC
Directly across the street from Freedom Plaza at the corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

HOURS

9:00AM – 5:30PM, Monday through Friday.  Closed on holidays.

WILSON BUILDING POLICIES

  • Discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, disability, matriculation, familial status, source of income, genetic information and place of residence or business is illegal and not permitted.
  • All areas of the Wilson Building are smoke free.
  • Strollers are permitted.
  • Service animals are welcomed.
  • During your visit, help preserve the Wilson Building’s statues and other works of art.  Enjoy looking at them, but please do not touch.

SECURITY POLICIES

Before entry into the building, visitors are screened by a magnetometer, and all items that are permitted inside the building are screened by an x-ray device.

The following items are strictly prohibited:

  • Any bag larger than 14″ wide x 13″ high x 4″ deep
  • Aerosol containers
  • Any pointed object (i.e., knitting needles, letter openers) Note: pens and pencils are permitted.
  • Cans and bottles
  • Electric stun guns, martial arts weapons or devices
  • Food or beverages of any kind
  • Guns, replica guns, ammunition, and fireworks
  • Knives of any size
  • Mace and pepper spray
  • Non-aerosol spray (prescriptions for medical needs are permitted)
  • Razors and box cutters

ACCESSIBILITY

The Wilson Building’s Pennsylvania Avenue entrance and D Street entrance are both handicapped entrances.  Each floor is equipped with handicapped accessible doors in the main hallway, and our restrooms are also ADA compliant with handicapped accessible stalls and doors.

In addition to the building being wheelchair accessible, the Council also offers assistive listening devices through the use of an FM System in Hearing Room 500, and an audio induction loop service in Hearing Rooms 412, 120 and 123. Closed captioning is also available in all hearing rooms for all official Council proceedings.

TESTIFYING BEFORE THE COUNCIL

Learn about the process for testifying before the Council here.

PARKING

There is no public parking at the Wilson Building. However, there are numerous parking garages in the area with the closest garage located next door at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Visitors are encouraged to take public transportation; the most accessible METRO stations are Federal Triangle or Metro Center stops.

PUBLIC AMENITIES

The Wilson Building offers the following public amenities: ATM (near D Street entrance); vending machines in the lounges on the Ground, 2nd and 4th floors; an app-accessible Mamava lactation pod for breastfeeding moms; an app-accessible BiKeep bicycle rack, as well as open racks at the rear of the building.

VIRTUAL TOUR

The Wilson Building is a landmark and an architectural gem. Thanks to the Google Maps team, you can take a virtual tour of parts of the building. While virtually all of the public areas of the Wilson Building are navigable by users via Google Street View, here are direct links to some of the building’s most beautiful, and/or frequented, spaces:

Council Chamber; Main Lobby; Hearing Room 412; Hearing Room 120; Hearing Room 123; Mayor’s Ceremonial Room; Atrium; angels in the Chamber; devils in the Chamber; Historic panels; Art collection

Links can be found here: https://www.dccouncil.us/take-mind-blowing-360-tour-wilson-building-phone-desk/