YMCA Anthony Bowen Community Spaces  

The iconic YMCA Anthony Bowen is conveniently located in the historic Shaw Neighborhood in Downtown, DC. Located blocks away from the hip famous U street corridor. This urban oasis is rooted in the community and home to several versatile spaces available for community rentals. 

the Capital Event Room

the Terrace on W

the BOWEN Carriage House


Demonstration Kitchen

team building at the y

team building at the y

The Capital Event Room

Size: 1800 square ft.

  • accommodates 150 standing

  • chairs to seat up to 120 auditorium style

  • tables and chairs to seat up to 80 in multiple configurations

  • warming kitchen, refrigerator, microwave and serving bar

  • wall-mounted televisions, projector, sound system, microphone

  • podium & whiteboards

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The Capital Event Room is a large light filled modern community space. The 1800 square ft. gathering space on the 2nd floor was designed for conferences, training, community gatherings, and celebrations. It features a warming kitchen with a stone buffet, and full AV capacity. The room opens to the roof terrace to provide approximately 5,000 square ft. of contiguous community and meeting space.

The flexible room can be set up in multiple configurations to accommodate our client’s needs. From Board meetings to seminars to weddings to informal celebrations and meet-ups. The beautiful Capital Event Room can host meetings, book signings, dinner parties, birthday parties, and special pop-up events. 

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The Terrace on W

Size: 3100 square ft.

  • Outdoor Ipe wood terrace

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The 3100  square ft. "plaza", is an urban oasis overlooking W Street. Sustainable IPE decking, bordered with shrubs and planters is designed to host Y and community events, celebrations, and outdoor classes.


The Bowen Carriage House

Size: 1200 square ft. (2 floors)

  • wall-mounted televisions

  • sound system, microphone and podium; whiteboards

  • first floor room accommodates 8-20 guests and opens onto the courtyard

  • a second floor studio accommodates 8-15 guests

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The historic DC Stable Carriage House was built in 1911 at the intersection of two alleys. This brick building was designated as a DC Landmark as part of the Manhattan Laundry. It is considered a contributing resource to the Greater U Street Historic District.

This unique brick building is available for workshops, team building activities, meetings, and community events. The first floor room opens onto the courtyard, a small intimate outdoor area.


Demonstration Kitchen

Consider our Y Demonstration Kitchen for your Culinary Events. Space is provided for viewing and interactive participation for seated attendees.

• Cook Offs

• Kitchen Clinic Workshops

• Celebrations & Themed Cooking Parties

• Host Your Meet-up Cooking Event at the Y

• Mix & Mingle Chef Led Cooking Classes Followed by Open Table Dining

• Dynamic Collaborative Team Building Experiences

• Children’s Activity and Classes

• Community Based Events (contact us)

(program length typically 2-3 hours; group size 8-15)

Size: 500 square ft.

  • holds 8-15 guests for an intimate cooking experience

  • LCD screens provide up close images of the meal preparation

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Team Building at the Y

Our team building experiences, are designed for our guests to have fun, and think outside the box, while fostering collaboration, build trust and work life balance.

Activity spaces include our 5500 square ft. indoor aquatics center that features a 6 lane pool. The 27+ ft. high climbing wall, provides bouldering areas on the lower level for novices and children. Additional spaces used for team building activities include a vibrant 1660 square ft. studio, also home to our boxing bags and aerial hammocks.

Dynamic team building program length 2-3 hours; group size: 6–50.

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Available Audio Visual Equipment

  • WiFi
  • HD Projector
  • HDMI
  • 10ft Widescreen Projection Screen
  • Sound System and Wireless Handheld Mics Apple TV
  • 60" HD Television

Available Furniture/Equipment

  • Custom sofas, available in various setups Movable bars
  • Coffee table, side tables, and credenzas Highboy round tables
  • 6' x 1.5' Classroom and 5' round tables Standing podium
  • Easels
  • Coat Racks
  • Folding Chairs